A week after the mass shooting at an Oregon college on Oct. 1, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed legislation that bans the carrying of concealed firearms on school and university campuses.
The bill, which was introduced several months prior to the Oregon shooting, closes a loophole that allowed people with concealed weapons permits to carry firearms on school grounds, The Los Angeles Times reports. Now, people with concealed weapons permits cannot carry guns on campus unless permitted by school officials.
“California’s college campuses and K-12 schools should be sanctuaries for learning, free from the fear of gun violence,” Peggy McCrum, president of the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign, told The Los Angeles Times, adding that the law “will make schools safer and decrease students’ risk of being injured or killed.”
Brown signed the legislation on Oct. 10.
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Gun rights advocates warned that banning concealed weapons on campuses would lessen the chances of a gunman being deterred.
“This bill will put thousands of innocent lives at risk,” Brandon Combs, president of the Firearms Policy Coalition, said.
“Criminals will know that their intended victims are totally vulnerable when they’re on California school grounds because SB 707 will ensure that they’re defenseless against a violent attack," he added.