CALmatters columnist Dan Walters shreds Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democratic-dominated Legislature for two new California gun laws.
Assembly Bill 424, by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) eliminated the power of school districts to allow teachers and administrators to legally carry firearms on school grounds. The law, which becomes effective Jan. 1, impacts a handful of districts, including Kingsburg Joint Union High School District.
Writes Walters, “It’s aimed at a tiny number of schools where teachers with training and valid concealed-weapons permits have been allowed to carry guns, so that they can protect their students in the horrific event of a school shooting incident.
“With the new law, any deranged person bent on slaughtering children will now know for certain there will be no armed resistance inside school grounds.”
Senate Bill 620 was authored by Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena). It repeals the requirement that anyone using a gun in the commission of a crime spend additional time in prison. Going forward, adding years to a sentence will be left to a judge’s discretion.
“So, on one hand, Brown and the Legislature make it more difficult for a teacher to protect children against gun-wielding criminals, while on the other they reduce potential penalties for gun-wielding criminals,” analyzes Walters.