CA bans campus concealed carry

hand gunGov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill criminalizing the concealed carry of firearms on campus.

“Proposed by state Democrats, SB707 passed the Senate in a 23-12 vote in June sending it to the Assembly where it cleared in a largely partisan 54-24 roll call in September, moving it to Brown’s desk,” as Guns.com recounted. “Despite widespread resistance to the bill by state and national gun rights groups that included threats of litigation and 40,000 opposition letters delivered to Brown’s office last week, the governor was not swayed.”

The change upended prior state law, which had not circumscribed the gun rights of permit holders. “Those with concealed-weapons permits had previously been allowed to enter a college or university campus with weapons at will,” the International Business Times observed. State Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, introduced the bill in an effort to close what she called a loophole in the 1995 Gun Free Schools Act, which “prohibits a person from possessing a firearm in a place that the person knows, or reasonably should know, is a school zone, unless with the written permission of certain school district officials,” as the Vallejo Times-Herald noted.

California already boasted one of the strictest regimes in the country for regulating guns. “The new law bolsters existing restrictions in the state that prohibit the possession of a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school or college campus without written permission from administrators, and comes less than two weeks after a gunman opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, killing nine people and wounding nine others,” Bloomberg Politics reported. Oregon was one of eight states to legalize so-called “campus carry.”

College crisis

A recent spate of shootings has ratcheted up the fight over whether popularizing concealed carry would increase or decrease public safety. “The fight over whether guns should be allowed on college campuses is gaining prominence nationally. Advocates argue that students may be able to help prevent crimes such as mass shootings and rapes, but gun control supporters counter that throwing firearms onto campuses with young people, alcohol, mental health issues and strongly held beliefs on controversial topics is a dangerous mix,” the Sacramento Bee noted.

Both critics and supporters have attempted to determine how shooters and potential shooters would respond to knowledge of the new restrictions. Firearms Policy Coalition president Brandon Combs argued that the response would be opportunistic one. “Criminals will know that their intended victims are totally vulnerable when they’re on California school grounds because SB707 will ensure that they’re defenseless against a violent attack,” he said. But in most states with concealed carry, “an applicant must be at least 21 to obtain a concealed-carry license, which rules out most undergraduates at many universities,” The Washington Times observed.

The politics of opposition to the law have not always conformed to traditional expectations. In a critical analysis, the Firearms Policy Coalition noted that California’s law enforcement lobby responded to the introduction of SB707 “by offering their full support — in exchange for preservation of existing exemptions for law enforcement retirees. They later cut deals to add in even more special exemptions, including for retired police reservists. Combs believes that this is blatantly unconstitutional,” it added.

Concealed carry has taken on special significance at colleges and universities in part because schools independently maintain their own security staff — not always with great rigor. A recent report revealed that California’s Community College system, the nation’s largest system of higher education at 113 campuses, “does not require schools to have security or training plans that address active shooter scenarios,” according to Guns.com.

National reverberations

In the midst of the presidential campaign season, California’s approach to campus carry has become a touchstone for partisan debate. On the campaign trail, Republican candidates like former Florida Governor Jeb Bush have argued that the urge to enact new gun restrictions in the wake of mass shootings is the wrong response,” Bloomberg Politics noted. “Democrat Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, decried Bush’s response.”

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  1. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 14 October, 2015, 07:24

    Moonbeam is a idiot a total idiot him and his ilk hate the U.S. Constitution and also crinimals are the demacraps biggist supporters that why Moonbeam Brown needs to go

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  2. Dude
    Dude 14 October, 2015, 08:52

    Two things come to mind; All injuries and deaths due to subsequent campus shootings will fall squarely on Moonbeam’s shoulders and he should be recalled for imposing his will over that of the citizens of California.

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  3. Robert V
    Robert V 14 October, 2015, 10:02

    The shooting in Oregon happened on a gun free campus plus you will never stop Violence that is what people who are semi Normal want.

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    • Dude
      Dude 14 October, 2015, 10:18

      And on another front, Governor Moonbeam has to decided that the sea creatures at Sea World need to be protected from fishermen, so he has banned all civilian fishing poles from the park.

      * You know, making fun of this idiot governor is fun and all, but I seriously think it’s time he was recalled. We need to give him the same promotion we gave Gray Davis.

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  4. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 14 October, 2015, 10:40

    “Feel Good” legislation from the Nanny State.

    Of course there WILL be “exceptions” like current or retired EGD cops, because we all KNOW that special people, connected in people, get exceptions, including Klown and his entourage.

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    • SkippingDog
      SkippingDog 15 October, 2015, 19:30

      As we should, Rex.

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      • eck
        eck 16 October, 2015, 21:15

        Oh, so you’re one of those special, “better than the rest of us” ones. Ya know, when the powers that be are the ones who determine who gets privileges (let’s not even get into those pesky “rights” things), we’re in big trouble – like now,

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  5. jimbeau
    jimbeau 14 October, 2015, 10:54

    All Brown just did was to invite the unbalanced whackos to the schools. Students, in gun free zones, beware of your surroundings. Democrats don’t care about your safety.

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  6. Tom
    Tom 14 October, 2015, 11:16

    California has the longest most onerous Constitution of all States, yet it is clear that VERY FEW Sacramento idiots have ever bothered to read it. They constantly overreach their Constitutional authority and no one challenges their madness!!

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  7. Queeg
    Queeg 14 October, 2015, 11:16

    What kind of trees do you seek to make long bows? They are still permitted, I think!

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    • Dyspeptic
      Dyspeptic 14 October, 2015, 12:29

      Your psych meds Queeg, please remember to take your psych meds. It’s for your own good.

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  8. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 14 October, 2015, 12:31

    Moonbeams just about gararteed another campus massacare like in roseburg just how stupid is he?

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  9. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 14 October, 2015, 13:10

    Jerry Clown knows perfectly well that this bill will have no deterrent effect on school shootings whatsoever. He is simply pandering to the public disarmament nut jobs in his party. He also knows that his buddies in the unionized enforcer class have gotten a lifetime exemption from this stupid bill. Jerry gets to defecate all over the common folk and lick jackboots at the same time. It’s a win-win for Governor Clown!

    Whats really amazing is that the retired LEO exemption is not only in direct contradiction to a previous Federal 9th Circuit ruling, it’s also in defiance of an opinion authored by Clown himself when he was Attorney Gerbil of the state.

    This really is a draconian bill because it doesn’t just forbid lawful concealed carry in posted areas. It treats as a felony the possession of even a single round of ammunition within 1,000 feet of school property, public, private, posted or unposted. So if the pigs search you 999 feet from unposted school property and find a single round of .22 rimfire in your pocket you could be charged with a felony.

    Don’t worry too much though because this obnoxious legislation will be litigated into oblivion by people who actually care about civil rights and equal treatment under the law. And they will use Clowns own legal opinion against him in court. I can’t wait to see what kind of legal blather Kamala Harris will use to try and make this Turkey fly.

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  10. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 14 October, 2015, 13:46

    Like the old anti-drugs add went THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON DRUGS Moonbeams brains are fried

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  11. Art
    Art 14 October, 2015, 14:18

    A ban on concealed arms in colleges is like a mass murderer in a church where everyone tries to defend themselves with fists and dialogue. If the shooter is insane, it will be a henhouse slaughter.

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  12. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 14 October, 2015, 16:02

    I’ll bet they allowed smoking pot and exchanging clean needles in Stupidfornia stupid Campuses

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  13. Desmond
    Desmond 14 October, 2015, 16:06

    Brownie, Kumula, Deturdeon, , Hairy pitted Wolk, Richardo(the little kids can see what he can t hide)., not Ricardo.
    Excuse me, The thought of them makes me need to move my bowels.

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  14. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 14 October, 2015, 22:03

    Moonbeam Brown needs jumper cables appied to his ears to jump start his brain its so darn low on intellegence right now a ant is smarter then he is

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  15. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 15 October, 2015, 15:23

    We need to BAN a majority of all guns! Its sad that when all of you Gun totting rambo wannabes see children and others being slaughtered by the mass, you just consider it collateral damage of your gun rights.

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    • Dude
      Dude 15 October, 2015, 15:41

      NTHED, The 2nd Amendment is a Right, not a privilege that can be taken away on the whim of a liberal nutjob. Almost all of the mass shootings occurred in “Gun free zones”. No gun control law would’ve made those campuses safer. There is a process by which the Constitution can be legally changed. Follow it, or stand toe to toe against me. Your choice. But make no mistake, you will lose that fight. But if we are to start eliminating Constitutional rights, I’d start with your 1st Amendment rights.

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      • SkippingDog
        SkippingDog 15 October, 2015, 19:31

        Sorry Dude, but no right is absolute.

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        • Dude
          Dude 15 October, 2015, 20:59

          Only if you can pull off the following…and we both know you can’t…..

          Article Five of the United States Constitutiondescribes the process whereby the Constitution may be altered. Altering the Constitution consists of proposing an amendment or amendments and subsequent ratification. Amendments may be proposed either by the Congress with a two-thirds supermajority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate or by aconstitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the state legislatures.[1] To become part of the Constitution, an amendment must be ratified by either—as determined by Congress—the legislatures of three-fourths of the states or State ratifying conventions in three-fourths states.

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  16. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 15 October, 2015, 17:45

    NTHEOC It sound to me like your a total ignoramus about the U.S. Constitution and beside no gun has ever jumped up and shot anyone their always someone pulling the trigger stop thinks with your TV remote in your hand

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  17. Teddy
    Teddy 15 October, 2015, 18:06

    GREAT move Gov Brown!!!!

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  18. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 15 October, 2015, 18:24

    There are parents from sandy hook that would like to have a talk with you RAMBO wannabes, and many others. Things are changing for you GUN nuts whether you like it or not.

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  19. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 15 October, 2015, 22:20

    NTHEOC are you stupid of just plians brainless like most liberal are?

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