School Firearm Ban Among New California Gun Laws

Dec 18, 2017

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

This is part of our series on new California laws taking effect in 2018.

Several new California gun laws take effect in the New Year. 

One of the new laws closes a loophole in an earlier statute that Democratic Assemblyman Kevin McCarty of Sacramento says let school superintendents decide whether people with concealed weapons permits could bring guns to school in cases of domestic violence for example.

“It really hadn’t taken off across California," McCarty said. "There are 1,000 school districts. I think less than 10 were implementing this. But having cafeteria workers, teachers, principals roaming the campus with a firearm just didn’t make sense.”

Several other gun laws take effect in the New Year:

  • One measure bans people who’ve been convicted of hate crimes from possessing firearms for 10 years.
  • Another applies an existing statewide ban on openly-carrying long guns to unincorporated areas.
  • A provision of Proposition 63, which California voters approved in 2016, kicks in that requires the regulation of ammunition sales and transfers by requiring they be conducted through a licensed ammunition vendor. It also bans importing ammunition bought outside California without first shipping it to a licensed vendor.