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    Hey Everyone,

    I am new here, but after reading much information on the California laws regarding "Open Carry", I am pretty up to speed on this now.

    It seems that there has been some legislation introduced that I have not read about until now regarding an increase in "School Zone" distance. The current law under penal code 626.9 which it seems Theseus is being charged with, lists a distance of within 1000' of school property. A new amendment to this, introduced by Assemblyman Ted Lieu(Democrat) of the 53rd Assembly district on Feb 25, 2009, is AB 668 which would increase the distance considered a "School Zone" to 1500'.

    I have not seen any result on this issue or any further action except for some other amendments to the language and lastly a submission to the Committee for review.

    Please email your district Senator along with the governor and let them know that this is a law that is simply going to restrict legal law abiding citizens rights when the ones who could and would commit crimes on school property are not going to follow the rules either way. This will only deter law abiding citizens rather than the criminals.

    There is no need for this!

    To read the proposed ammendment go to: http://www.totalcapitol.com/?bill_id=9157

    Bill in its entirety:

    AB 668 (Lieu)
    Firearms: gun-free school zones.LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


    AB 668, as amended, Lieu. Firearms: gun-free school zones.
    Existing law, subject to exceptions, provides that it is an
    offense for any person to possess a firearm in a place that the
    person knows, or reasonably should know, is a school zone, unless it
    is with the written permission of the school district superintendent,
    his or her designee, or equivalent school authority. Existing law
    defines "school zone" for these purposes 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 provides an exception to the prohibition for handguns
    that are in a locked container or within the locked trunk of a motor
    vehicle.

    This
    This bill would revise this exception to instead except from
    the prohibition a handgun that is in a locked container inside a
    motor vehicle or that is unloaded and inside a locked trunk of a
    motor vehicle. The
    bill would extend that distance
    increase the size of the zone to include
    the area up to
    1,500 feet from the grounds of the public or
    private school. The bill would create an exception to the school
    zone firearms possession prohibition for firearms that are otherwise
    lawfully
    possessed or transported in a vehicle on a
    driveway or parking lot of a school, as specified.

    By expanding the scope of an existing offense, this bill would
    impose a state-mandated local program.
    The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local
    agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the
    state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that
    reimbursement.
    This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this
    act for a specified reason.

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    Is there not some similiar legislation coming up proposed to increase it from 1000 to like 1250 or something?

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    This bill has been shelved until a later date. Possibly next year.
    "Why should judicial precedent bind the nation if the Constitution itself does not?" -- Mark Levin

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    This bill has been shelved until a later date. Possibly next year.
    I know that the 100% of the CA assembly voted in favor of it and then it was referred to the senate. I guess they weren't as enthusiastic about it yet?

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    Thanks for that update. It seemed like it had been shelved, but there was nothing that I saw specific to that. Hopefully this bill doesn't come up again because it really is pointless. They need to be concentrating on getting illegal guns out of the streets and away from schools rather than legal.

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    Haven't seen that. Sometimes our government likes to bury things so they can avoid any confrontation on the issues. This is apparent when you watch our current presidential and congressional legislation and the legislation they pass at Midnight on Friday nights to hopefully sneak it by Americans.

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