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Despite the fact that California has made it’s opposition to gun rights clear for the most part, it seems more California school districts are allowing concealed carry on school property. While the number still remains relatively small in comparison to other states, the number of schools in California that allow carry is growing.
The first school to allow carry was Anderson Union High School District, followed by North Cow Creek School District in Palo Cedro. Both schools opted to discount the 2016 California law, Senate Bill 707, which did not make it illegal to have guns on campuses but it made it more difficult to do so. While the bill deemed all California school districts gun free zones, it left the final decision to each individual district. Parents in an additional district are carefully considering following suit with the other two.
National legislation is also underway to put a stop to gun free zones in schools nationwide. HR 34, the Safe Students Act, has been introduced in Congress during the current session. It is not likely that this would pass though as most don’t expect the President to sign it. Many people are reconsidering “Gun Free School Zones” because they leave students and faculty vulnerable and unprotected from terrorists and violent criminals.