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California Governor Brown Signs Bill Banning Concealed Weapons From Schools

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill banning concealed weapons from California schools and universities, a measure that drew renewed attention after a recent massacre at an Oregon community college.

SB707 by Democratic Sen. Lois Wolk of Davis will prohibit people with concealed weapons permits from carrying firearms on school and college campuses.

People who have concealed carry permits would be allowed to carry firearms within 1,000 feet of a public or private K-12 school, but not on the grounds.

Retired law enforcement officers who are authorized by their former agency to carry concealed weapons would be exempt. Police chiefs and school districts could also set their own concealed weapons policies.

Gun-rights activists have expressed concern over the bill. Brandon Combs, president of the Firearms Policy Coalition, told the Los Angeles Times the new legislation "will put thousands of innocent lives at risk."

The National Rifle Association also opposes the bill, according to the LA Times, and sent a letter to legislators saying the bill infringes on Second Amendment rights.

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