California: Last allowance for campus carry threatened under new bill
By Chris Eger
Assembly Member Kevin McCarty, podium, has allied with gun control groups to further limit legal guns on California public school campuses. (Photo: Twitter)
A measure that would strip the limited ability for schools to make exceptions to their gun free zones could be up for a vote in the Assembly this week.
The proposal, AB 424, would remove the allowance for a school district superintendent to give permission to someone to have a firearm on campus. Supporters feel it is needed to close a loophole in state law in a follow-up to a general ban on campus carry passed by lawmakers in 2015.
“A safe learning environment is essential for our children to be successful in the classroom,” said Assembly Member Kevin McCarty (D), sponsor of the bill. “Classrooms are laboratories of learning. They provide opportunities to discover art, music, history and mathematics to prepare oneself for college or a career. That’s not possible if a school district allows armed civilians to roam California school campuses.”
McCarty’s legislation will end the allowance in California’s Gun Free School Zones law for school districts to authorize an individual with a concealed carry permit to access the campus. Since the overall ban on carrying by permit holders