ICYMI: Senator Wolk’s office reports update on SB 707

In case you missed it, Senator Lois Wolk’s (D – Davis) Senate Bill 707 passed the State Assembly today. SB 707 will help control concealed weapons on school and college campuses. Davis College Democrats endorsed and sent letters of support for Senate Bill 707 during the 2014-2015 school year.

Below is an excerpt from Senator Wolk’s press release: 

SACRAMENTO –On a 53-24 bipartisan vote today the State Assembly approved legislation by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to help control concealed weapons on school and college campuses.  The measure, SB 707, would prohibit concealed weapons carriers from bringing their firearm on campus without permission from campus authorities.

“Many would be surprised, as I was, to learn that California law currently allows concealed firearms on any campus, even on an elementary school campus,” said Wolk. “With today’s Assembly vote, we are close to sending the Governor a common sense bill that will close this loophole in our Gun Free Schools Act, helping our school officials control firearms on their campuses.”

SB 707 includes an exemption for honorably retired law enforcement officers and reserve officers, who may carry a concealed firearm if authorized by their former agency.  The bill also allows for police chiefs or school districts to adopt their own policies that may allow a concealed firearm on campus if they deem it appropriate.

“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,” said Assemblymember Bill Dodd (D-Napa), who carried the measure on the Assembly Floor.

To read the rest of the press release, please click here: http://sd03.senate.ca.gov/news/2015-09-01-state-assembly-approves-campus-gun-safety-bill-bipartisan-vote

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