California’s gun laws are some of the strictest in the U.S., but Gov. Jerry Brown still managed to wrench them tighter over the weekend.
The Democrat signed Senate Bill 707 on Saturday, which expanded a current ban on having firearms within 1,000 feet of a school without permission of administrators. Concealed-carry permit holders no longer have an exemption.
The legislation was introduced by state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, months ago, and was signed by Brown without comment, the Sacramento Bee reported Saturday.
“California’s college campuses and K-12 schools should be sanctuaries for learning, free from the fear of gun violence,” Peggy McCrum, president of the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, told the Los Angeles Times on Saturday.
The Golden State is now the 20th state to ban campus carry.
“This bill puts control of firearms on campus grounds squarely where it belongs, with those public safety officials responsible for the safety of our students and staff on school or college campuses,” Democratic Assemblyman Bill Dodd, said in a statement following the State Assembly’s vote on Sept. 1, the Washington Times reported.
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Brown’s signature comes less than two weeks after the Oct. 1 massacre in a gun-free zone in Roseburg, Oregon, where 26-year-old Christopher Harper-Mercer killed nine and injured seven at Umpqua Community College.
The school’s lone security officer was unarmed.
Harper-Mercer committed suicide after an exchange of gunfire with cops responding to the first 9-1-1 calls at 10:38 a.m. PST.
“This bill will put thousands of innocent lives at risk. 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,” Brandon Combs, president of the Firearms Policy Coalition, told the Los Angeles Times.
Active law enforcement officers are not subject to SB 707. The bill also includes an exemption for retired law officers and reserve officers, provided their former agency gives authorization.
School officials do have leeway to grant permission to individuals with concealed-weapons permits.