School Safety Legislation Proposed in State Assembly

Chico, Calif.--It's been more than a month since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida but the conversation surrounding gun control and school safety continues locally and around the country.

Posted: Mar 22, 2018 4:41 PM
Updated: Mar 22, 2018 4:50 PM

Chico, Calif.--It's been more than a month since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida but the conversation surrounding gun control and school safety continues locally and around the country.

The Trump administration is proposing arming teachers, but here in California there may soon be another way of ensuring someone on school property is armed.

"I think Parkland was the straw that broke the camel's back for sure," said Olivia Bridgnell, a senior at Pleasant Valley High School in Chico.

She and some of her peers are organizers for the local March for our Lives that will take place on Saturday.

"Our whole idea is that we want everyone to come together in the community and just show that we're going to back school safety and calling on officials in our area to hopefully make some change," she said.

Assemblyman James Gallagher is trying to do just that.

He's introduced Assembly bill 2067 which proposes that school districts hire or contract at least one armed guard or school resource officer to be present on school property while students are on campus.

Those armed guards would be paid for by the state. It's something Bridgnell said is a start.

"There isn't going to be one single solution to this problem so I think it's really great that we're starting with that. I think that change is going to be positive," she said.

That bill was passed unanimously out of the Assembly Education Committee and is now heading to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for further consideration.

There's also Assembly Bill 2497 which would create the School Gun Violence Protection Fund which would be funded by a tax that would be imposed on gun retailers.

The money in that fund would then go toward the Department of Justice to provide grants to schools to pay for the placement of police officers and counselors in middle and high schools.

Rose Miller is another organizer for this Saturday's walk and said "it's really heartening to hear that as the constituents of these legislators, they are taking our concerns seriously and they are taking action based off the lives that have been lost.”

That bill has been sent to the Committee on Revenue and Tax.

Organizers of Saturday’s walk emphasized that there are many different ways to solve the problem of gun violence in our schools. They plan to talk about them at the march which starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at the downtown city plaza.

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