MOORLACH UPDATE — On Brown’s Desk — October 6, 2015

I love to fix complex financial problems. In other areas, I also know that life is complex and there are no easy solutions. In the area of self-protection and self-defense, as someone who has had his life threatened, I fully appreciate the desire for someone to be able to carry a concealed weapon.

The first issue is whether or not there is a problem. On the ownership of firearms and the data on their improper use, this six-minute video by Bill Whittle addresses the topic in a manner that I would utilize: https://www.youtube.com/embed/pELwCqz2JfE?rel=0&autoplay=true. It uses statistics based on per capita data and is a helpful tutorial on this topic.

The next issue is finding the proper solution. Based on my last UPDATE, see MOORLACH UPDATE — SB 707 — October 3, 2015 october 3, 2015 john moorlach, gun-free zones are not working. Consequently, those who have passed the appropriate qualifications for obtaining a CCW (concealed carry weapon) permit should be able to carry it onto a campus. I know it would make me feel more comfortable knowing that a few people properly trained to handle a firearm were interspersed in the student population. I see it is a deterrent for those contemplating bringing weapons on campus for the wrong reasons.

The OC Register provides the debate over SB 707 below.

TWENTY WORST

The Governor signed AB X2-15 yesterday. It is a revised version of SB 128 that was inappropriately inserted into the Public Health and Development Services Special Session (see MOORLACH UPDATE — SB 128 — June 4, 2015 june 4, 2015 john moorlach). The Governor has now signed three of the twenty worst bills and has seventeen more to go between now and Sunday (see MOORLACH UPDATE — Worst and Vaguest — September 22, 2015 september 22, 2015 john moorlach).

Bill Summary Status
AB X2-15 Assisted Suicide Signed by Gov
AB 2 Return of Cronyism and Property Rights Abuse Signed by Gov
AB 465 Let Every Employee Sue Their Employer On Gov’s Desk
AB 504 The Stop Effective Local Solutions Measure On Gov’s Desk
AB 561 Ag Labor Appeal Ransom On Gov’s Desk
AB 622 No E-Verify Use for Employers On Gov’s Desk
AB 692 Buying Low Carbon Fuel (Since No One Else Will) On Gov’s Desk
AB 768 Stop Pro Baseball Players from Chewing Tobacco On Gov’s Desk
AB 775 The "You Must Counsel for Abortions" Law On Gov’s Desk
AB 888 Microbead sale and distribution ban On Gov’s Desk
AB 1288 Expanding Unelected Air Resources Board On Gov’s Desk
AB 1293 Saving Gov’t Employees from Economic Downturns On Gov’s Desk
AB 1354 Gov’t Intrusion to Your Business Payroll Records On Gov’s Desk
AB 1461 Voter Fraud Expansion/Motor Voter Registration On Gov’s Desk
SB 99 Caltrans Engineers’ Union Pay Spike Signed by Gov
SB 292 Homeowners Pay for Public Employee Pensions On Gov’s Desk
SB 331 Protect Union Closed Door Deal Negotiations On Gov’s Desk
SB 350 California "Economic Cooling" Bill On Gov’s Desk
SB 376 Stop U.C. from Contracting Out Services to save $$ On Gov’s Desk
SB 682 Prohibition on Courts Contracting Out On Gov’s Desk

CAMPUS GUN BAN ON BROWN’S DESK
Bill would affect most people with concealed weapons permits.
By ROXANA KOPETMAN

As gun-control issues once again grip the nation in the wake of the Oregon community college shooting, California may be poised to ban most concealed weapons on K-12 and college campuses.

State legislators recently passed a bill that would prohibit most people who have a permit for a concealed weapon from bringing that firearm to a school.

“This is our No. 1 top priority bill in California for our 26 chapters,” said Charles Blek, president of the Orange County Brady Campaign Chapter to Prevent Gun Violence.

The bill by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, has been a year in the making. It arrives on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk for consideration as the nation mourns nine victims killed while in their writing class in a Roseburg, Ore., community college last week.

California law prohibits possession of a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school or on a college campus without permission from administrators. There are some exceptions, including one for those who have permits for concealed firearms.

“Most people I hear from are astonished that someone could legally carry a concealed firearm onto school grounds,” Wolk said in a statement.

Wolk’s bill would not completely ban the firearms.

The pending law still would allow those with a permit to carry a concealed firearm within 1,000 feet but would ban most from bringing a weapon onto a K-12 school or on the campus of a university or college unless they seek permission from the school; or are active, retired or reserve peace officers.

“I would like to have a perfect bill,” Blek said, but the compromise was the best that could be reached on the bill, which was brought by the California College and University Police Chiefs Association and supported by numerous law enforcement organizations.

California, considered progressive on gun-control matters, is otherwise behind other states on this issue, said a staff member for Wolk.

Thirty-nine states and the District of Colombia prohibit those with licenses to carry concealed and loaded weapons within school zones, and 23 states specify the permit holders may not carry concealed firearms on college and university campuses, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence in San Francisco.

On a nearly party-line vote, with Democrats in support and Republicans opposed, lawmakers approved the measure in early September.

Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, said he voted against it because “gun-free zones are not working.”

“I see carrying concealed weapon permits as a viable response to address some of these sad mass killings and also as a way for co-eds to defend themselves in this perceived rise in assaults on campuses,” Moorlach said.

Matthew Kirby agreed. He’s the West Coast regional director for a gun-rights group, Students for Concealed Carry. He’s also a philosophy graduate student at Biola University who lives in Fullerton.

“I’m a good guy,” Kirby said. “I was in the Marine Corps for six years as an infantryman. But California doesn’t honor my permit (from Louisiana). We don’t want people to be vigilantes. We want people to be prepared. …

“It’s the same reason you carry an extra tire in your car,” said Kirby, a trained rifleman. “You just want to be prepared if a situation comes up.”

At Cal State Fullerton on Monday, some students said they would welcome the new law but they questioned its potential effectiveness.

“With concealed weapons, it’s going to be hard to enforce,” said Johnny Linares, 18, a Cal State student from Whittier.

Campus shootings are a concern, said Henry Nguyen, 19, a sophomore from Santa Clarita.

“If something like that can happen in Oregon … ” Nguyen said.

Recent school shootings include a mass killing in Isla Vista last year, near the campus of UC Santa Barbara, where a gunman killed six people and injured 14 before committing suicide.

Christina Sandoval, 24, a senior studying psychology, said she only learned recently that her school was at one point home to the worst mass murder in Orange County’s history. In 1976, a school custodian killed seven people on campus and injured two others.

“This shooting epidemic is getting pretty bad,” said Sandoval, who noticed a sign at an Orange County movie theater last week that bags may be searched. “I’m so for gun control.”

In Orange County, there are 6,793 active permits for concealed weapons, not including more for retired peace officers, said Sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Hallock.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Contact the writer: rkopetman

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