Will Bishop allow concealed weapons on campus?
Senate Bill 707 went into effect January 1 and could change the face, or holsters, of schools throughout the state. The bill changed the law that banned guns on campus, to allowing concealed permit holders to get a waiver from the school to carry on school grounds.
The bill was introduced by Senator Lois Wolk (D), 3rd District, after she was approached by college and university police concerned about unregulated, concealed weapons on campus in light of campus shootings nationwide.
Local schools and districts are being asked to form their own policies. Bishop Union School District started the discussion in January and plans to make a decison by March.
The idea of guns on campus is a contentious issue statewide and locally. Eric Richman, Bishop Union School District board member said the issue has, “blown up my email.” More than one parent is concerned about sending their child to school with guns on campus. It’s an issue people are passionate about and everybody has an opinion. Unlike other local issues that turn board meetings into a circus, Richman said the discussions have been cordial.
Concealed weapon carriers, “are frequently the first line of defense,” against an active shooter scenario, Ted Stec, Bishop Police Chief told The Sheet.