SACRAMENTO, Calif. -(Ammoland.com)- Assembly Bill 424, which attempts to subvert the authority of local education officials to make crucial decisions in regards to the safety of their students and staff, passed the California State Assembly and is on it’s way to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown.
AB 424, by Asm. Kevin McCarty (D – Sacramento), removes the long time practice of allowing school district superintendents and/or their designees the ability to decide who (if anyone) would be allowed to possess a firearm on school grounds. This ability has been based on the idea that decisions are best made by those who are most familiar with the needs and values of their community.
“Since the creation of the California concealed carry permit in 1923, there have been ZERO incidents on school grounds involving CCW holders,” points out Craig DeLuz, Spokesman for the Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC). “One has to wonder why there is a need to remove such authority, given that SB 707 has been in effect for little more than a year.”
Until recently, those who possessed a Concealed Carry Permit were exempted from the Gun Free School Zone Act, which prohibited possession of firearms or ammunition within 1000 feet of a school or university. In 2015, State Senator Lois Wolk authored SB 707 which eliminated the statewide exemption, but left in place the ability for local education officials to provide exemptions within their own districts.
To date, five out the state’s 1000 plus school districts have approved policies allowing staff and/or community members who possess a CCW permit to have a firearm on school grounds. In fact, the only reason for this measure is that less than 0.5 percent of school districts chose to exercise the authority granted to them under the law in a way contrary to that which is desired by the author.
“The Legislature cannot claim to support local control and then attempt to remove that authority because they disagree with outcomes of those decisions,” stated DeLuz, who also serves as a Trustee for the Robla Elementary School District. He went on to note that, “even the California School Boards Association has issues with this power grab, as demonstrated by their choosing to ‘Disapprove’ of AB 424.”
About Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC):
Firearms Policy Coalition is a grassroots 501(c)4 nonprofit public benefit organization. FPC’s mission is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially the fundamental, individual Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
More information about FPC can be found on their website.