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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today applauded the Assembly Appropriations Committee for passing Assembly Bill 424, legislation aimed at protecting California’s K-12 students by keeping guns out of schools.
In 2015, California recognized that civilians should not bring guns into primary and secondary schools by enacting Senate Bill 707, which prohibits a person with a concealed carry permit from carrying a firearm into a public or private K-12 school. But, there is still a loophole in the law that allows school districts to authorize people to bring a gun into a school. AB 424 would close this loophole.
STATEMENT FROM JEN REIDY, VOLUNTEER WITH THE CALIFORNIA CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“Today, we are one step closer to passing Assembly Bill 424, legislation that would close the loophole which allows for guns in our children’s classrooms. As parents, our number one priority is the safety and well-being of our children. We take our children to school hoping they will learn and grow. We do not expect teachers and school administrative staff to be trained as sharp shooters. And unfortunately, a devastating tragedy only takes one mistake. The Assembly Appropriations Committee understands AB 424 is a common-sense bill that puts the safety of our kids first. I urge our elected officials to quickly pass AB 424 and send it to Governor Brown’s desk to sign into law.”
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs