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Law change in 2018 will force KHSD gun policy to change

FILE -- The Kern High School District Board of Trustees in Bakersfield, Calif., holds a special meeting Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, to consider passing an amendment that would allow employees with CCW permits to seek written permission to bring guns to campus. The board passed the amendment on a 3-2 vote. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Tom Murphy)

The new year means new rules. And for the Kern High School District, that means no guns on campus.

In October, Gov. Jerry Brown closed a loophole that allowed school district superintendents to give permission to permit holders to carry a gun on school grounds.

"It's the law, and the Kern High School District will of course follow the law," said KHSD Police Chief Ed Komin.

The district has notified 26 people approved to carry a gun on campuses that they will no longer be able to do so in the upcoming school year.

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"We spent all that time and effort, and it's out the window. ... I guess that's politics," said KHSD Trustee Phillip Peters.

Peters said some of the community supports guns on campus and sees this as a loss.

"They said we want local control, and we want to give the option to implement this to school districts, because they're closer to the community, they know the values, they know the needs," said Peters. "And then a year later, they came back and said, 'Oh, we're going to close this loophole, and were gonna pull that ability from the school districts,' and now that we can't say that anymore I think it's a scary thought for a lot of parents."

KHSD wasn't alone in this. Four other school districts also allowed guns on campus in California. Now all of them will need to make adjustments.

"We're gonna take another look at our policies, our safety policies, and try and figure out how we can do a better job of keeping our kids safe and continuing to ensure all our campuses are as safe as possible," said Peters.

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