On Saturday, May 22nd, the Senate and Assembly Judiciary Committees will be holding a joint hearing on Senate Bill 452. As reported, SB 452 was introduced as an emergency bill, reviving the gun-free zone expansion language previously amended out of Assembly Bill 286. Please contact committee members and ask them to OPPOSE SB 452.
Senate Bill 452, sponsored by Nicole Cannizzaro (D-6), prohibits law-abiding citizens from being able to defend themselves at certain gaming-connected businesses, such as hotels and shopping malls, if the owners decide to declare it a gun-free zone. This restriction extends to the property line, meaning the firearm prohibition includes open areas like parking lots, with limited exceptions. The bill contains no requirements for gun-free businesses to provide any security measures to guarantee the safety of disarmed patrons, such as security guards or metal detectors, to prevent armed criminals from ignoring the arbitrary boundaries and entering.
Again, please contact committee members and ask them to OPPOSE SB 452.