Yet another anti-gun bill has landed on California Governor Jerry Brown’s desk this month. This time, lawmakers are hoping to reinforce the firearms ban on elementary and secondary school campuses.
In 1995, the state passed the Gun-Free School Zone Act, which prohibits any person from knowingly bringing a firearm into a public school zone. In 2015, the act was amended so that superintendents could grant CCW permit holders permission to carry on school grounds if they had reason to believe their life was in danger. The goal was to ensure victims of domestic abuse always had a way to protect themselves.
However, if Gov. Brown approves the new measure, known as AB 424, school administrators will no longer be able to grant exemptions and the blanket ban on firearms will be reinstated.
Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), the primary author of the bill, said superintendents “exploited” their power by allowing too many faculty and staff members the ability to carry.
“This was not the intent of the bill passed a few years ago,” McCarty told the Associated Press back in May. “Research shows allowing more guns in schools makes them less safe.”
Unsurprisingly, McCarty didn’t specify what “research” he was referring to.
Similarly, the Assemblyman told the LA Times this month, “The risk of having something bad happen with that firearm is greater than the reward.”
Of course, 2A advocates, including the NRA and Republican lawmakers, strongly disagree.
“You are not keeping people safe by doing this,” Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) told the LA Times. “You are taking away people’s rights and you are taking away people’s ability to defend themselves.”
Let’s hope Gov. Brown comes to this realization and effectively kills the bill. Not holding our breath for poor California, though.