Gov. Jerry Brown Bans Concealed Carry On CA Campuses
“Criminals will know that their intended victims are totally vulnerable because SB 707 will ensure that they’re defenseless.”
In the wake of the shooting of nine people at an Oregon community college a week ago, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Saturday a bill that will ban the carrying of concealed guns on school and university campuses in California, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Sen. Lois Wolk (D-Davis) introduced SB 707 several months ago to close a loophole that allows people with a concealed carry license to carry firearms onto school grounds. This bill will prohibit that except in instances in which school officials grant permission or the carrier is retired from law enforcement.
“California’s college campuses and K-12 schools should be sanctuaries for learning, free from the fear of gun violence,” said Peggy McCrum, president of the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. This new law, she claims, “will make schools safer and decrease students’ risk of being injured or killed.”
The measure is supported also by law enforcement groups like the California College and University Police Chiefs Association.
No supporter of the bill has explained how banning concealed carry will be any deterrent to criminals or the criminally insane bringing guns on campus and committing more murders, since by definition, those elements don’t obey laws and don’t have concealed carry licenses. All this law will do is criminalize law-abiding gun owners with concealed carry licenses whose presence on campus might provide an armed counterforce to such gunmen.
“This bill will put thousands of innocent lives at risk,” said Brandon Combs, president of the Firearms Policy Coalition. “Criminals will know that their intended victims are totally vulnerable when they’re on California school grounds because SB 707 will ensure that they’re defenseless against a violent attack.”
The law is opposed by the National Rifle Association, which said in a letter to legislators that it “raises significant concerns under the Second Amendment by further infringing the rights of law-abiding — and properly licensed and trained individuals — to possess a firearm for self-defense.”