Federal and state lawmakers have proposed legislation to ban the sale of military-style assault weapons and to arm teachers. CTA opposes any efforts to unilaterally arm educators across the state and supports U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's legislation to ban high-powered assault weapons.
Most recently, Assembly Member Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks) introduced AB 202 – that would authorize trained school employees to carry weapons on school campuses. CTA Pres. Dean Vogel has told reporters that funds would be better allocated to help schools provide desperately needed counseling and other services to students as a one part of a preventive program designed to protect students and school employees. As the bill was just introduced, CTA has an interim oppose position. The CTA Board of Directors will take action next week.
CTA lobbyists believe there is very little chance that AB 202 will be approved in the Assembly Public Safety Committee.