The recent tragedy in Parkland, Florida has left many people arguing that rather than disarming the nation, we should be arming our teachers. According to Vista violent crimes lawyer Peter M. Liss though, in California that’s not even an option under our current laws, which prohibit almost anyone from carrying a gun on school campuses.
California Laws About Guns on Campuses
There are a multitude of statutes barring someone from carrying a gun on a school campus, most notably, California’s Gun-Free School Zone Act prohibits firearms whether loaded or unloaded in most circumstances in school zones. The most recent one was brought into effect just this January, which closed a loophole in previous laws that allowed staff members to bring concealed firearms to school if they had the authorization of the superintendent or principal. Now the only people allowed to bring concealed, loaded weapons on campus are law enforcement officers and security guards with a license to carry a concealed weapon.
There are even rules banning the possession of ammunition on campuses even without a firearm. The closest a school district could come to arming its teachers would be to have a shooting range on campus that, though also subject to a number of legal restrictions, could presumably be accessed in case of emergency.
Federal Rules About Guns at Schools
There are even additional federal laws banning the possession of firearms on school campuses, although these have a lot more loopholes than the California restrictions, they also carry the severe sentence of five years imprisonment for anyone who violates them. If you have any questions about the legality of guns in school zones, a Vista weapons crime defense attorney can help clear things up for you.
Potential Charges for Illegally Armed Teachers
The Georgia teacher who made news recently for firing a gun and barricading himself in his classroom is a good example of what could happen if you violate these laws. While Georgia has fewer gun laws than California, the teacher still was not licensed to carry his weapon on campus and he is now facing charges of aggravated assault with a gun, terroristic threats and acts, carrying a weapon in a school safety zone without a license, reckless conduct, disrupting public school and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony -almost all of which are crimes in California as well. Vista violent crimes attorneys agree that in either California or Georgia, the teacher will face decades in prison for the charges.
If you have been charged with any type of gun-related crime, a Vista firearm defense lawyer can help. Please call (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Creative Commons image by Marco Verch