The Los Angeles Community College District’s nine campuses will be gun-free zones, according to a resolution passed this week by the Board of Trustees that bans weapons in almost all circumstances.
“It is our responsibility to provide a safe environment for our students, allowing them to feel secure and able to totally focus on their academic goals,” said board Vice President Scott Svonkin, who sponsored the resolution. “They must never be fearful about setting foot on one of our campuses.”
The move follows a June shooting rampage at and around
The suspected gunman,
After entering the campus, Zawahri shot and killed another woman before he was fatally wounded by police in the school library.
The shooting renewed debate that had begun after the 2007 shootings at
Twenty-two states ban the carrying of a concealed weapon on a college campus, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Many other states allow colleges and universities to make individual decisions.
In 2013, at least 19 states introduced legislation to allow concealed carrying in some instances, while a handful of others have attempted to bar weapons, according to the legislative group.
The California penal code prohibits possession of a firearm on campus except with the written permission of the college president.
In a review of its security procedures, the Los Angeles Community College District found that there were no standards for authorizing weapons. Officials also learned that non-credit gun safety classes were being taught on the Pierce and Harbor campuses by a group affiliated with
Most academic classes offering firearms education and training were already are being taught at off-campus sites, Svonkin said.
The policy adopted at the board's meeting Wednesday would allow weapons on campus only if carried by a sworn law enforcement officer or for use in a theatrical performance.