AB-2318: Gun-free school zone

Session: 2017-2018
Author: Flora
Status: Dead
AAP-CA Position: Oppose
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Existing law makes it a crime to possess a firearm in a place that the person knows, or reasonably should know, is a school zone. Existing law defines a school zone as an area in, or on the grounds of, a public or private school providing instruction in kindergarten or grades 1 to 12, inclusive, or within a distance of 1,000 feet from the grounds of the public or private school. Existing law, among other exceptions to that crime, exempts a person with a valid concealed carry license who is carrying the firearm described in the license in an area that is not in, or on the grounds of, a public or private school providing instruction in kindergarten or grades 1 to 12, inclusive, but is within a distance of 1,000 feet from the grounds of the public or private school.
This bill would exempt from that crime a person who holds a valid concealed carry license who is carrying the firearm described in the license to, from, or in a church, synagogue, or building used as a place of worship on the grounds of a public or private school providing instruction in kindergarten or grades 1 to 12, inclusive, if the person has the written permission of the school authority. The bill would apply other conditions to the exemption. The bill would also make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.