California Bans Guns on College Campuses

The new law is supported by the California College and University Police Chiefs Association but opposed by gun owners’ groups.

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law October 10 that prohibits people from bringing concealed guns onto school campuses.

The bill, SB 707, prohibits people from carrying guns onto school grounds unless school officials give them permission or the carrier is retired law enforcement, reports the LA Times.

The bill was passed just a week after a gunman killed nine people at a college in Oregon roughly two hours from the state’s border.

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Democratic Senator Lois Wolk had introduced the bill in February and it underwent several amendments before it could pass both chambers.

The new law is supported by most top school officials and the California College and University Police Chiefs Association (CCUPCA).

The National Rifle Association opposed the bill and questioned its constitutionality. Gun owners’ groups said they would sue and challenge the bill according to Fox News.

Texas Southern University President John Rudley recently criticized a law passed in Texas this year that allowed people with concealed carry permits to bring guns onto most areas of public college campuses. TSU has dealt with several tragic shootings on campus so far this school year.

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