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Letter: Many states allow guns in schools

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Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2014 6:32 am

I would like to further comment on the letter, “Advertisement was inappropriate,” by Helen Sagers, June 25.

I’m a law-abiding, God-fearing citizen and proud of it. Below are some states who will also disagree with you regarding firearms.

Alabama (bans possessing a weapon on school grounds only if the carrier has “intent to do bodily harm”).

  • An Arkansas school district is arming more than 20 teachers and staff to carry guns in school (July 2013).
  • California (with approval of the superintendent).
  • A Colorado school allows teachers with concealed handguns (October 2013).
  • Connecticut (with approval of “school officials”).
  • Florida House passes bill to allow guns in schools (April 2014).
  • Georgia law allows guns in some schools, bars and churches (April 2014).
  • Hawaii (no specific law).
  • Idaho (with school trustees’ approval).
  • Iowa (with “authorization”).
  • Kentucky (with school board approval).
  • Massachusetts (with approval of the school board or principal).
  • Mississippi (with school board approval).
  • Bill passes allowing Missouri teachers to carry guns in school (May 2014).
  • Montana (with school trustees’ permission).
  • New Hampshire (ban applies only to pupils, not adults).
  • New Jersey (with approval from the school’s “governing officer”).
  • New York (with the school’s approval).
  • Oregon (with school board approval).
  • Rhode Island (with a state concealed weapons permit).
  • Texas (with the school’s permission).
  • Utah (with approval of the “responsible school administrator”).
  • Wyoming (as long as it’s not concealed).

In California, all firearms sales — including private and gun show sales, transfers or loans — must go through a California licensed firearms dealer. An application for sale or transfer must be made with a licensed California gun dealer before any firearm may be sold or transferred.

The purchaser must present the dealer with a valid California driver’s license or a California I.D. card and supply their thumbprint. The purchaser of a handgun must also provide additional proof of California residence. The dealer sends a copy of the application to the California Department of Justice and the local police chief. The CA DOJ will conduct a background check on each buyer at a fee. There is a 10-day waiting period before delivery of any firearm. Dealers must keep a register of all firearm transfers.

June Aaker


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