The California Gun-Free School Zone Act of 1995 prohibits any firearms being brought within 1000’ of elementary or secondary school grounds. For this reason, maps of Open Carry Firearm Restricted Areas (PDF) are posted below so people are aware of the restricted areas and can avoid violating the 1000’ boundary around local schools.
California Penal Code Subsections Regarding
Open Carry Firearm Restricted Areas*
California Penal Code § 626
(a) As used in this chapter, the following definitions apply:
(4)"School" means any public or private elementary school, junior high school, four-year high school, senior high school, adult school or any branch thereof, opportunity school, continuation high school, regional occupational center, evening high school, or technical school or any public right-of-way situated immediately adjacent to school property or any other place if a teacher and one or more pupils are required to be at that place in connection with assigned school activities.
California Penal Code § 626.9
(a) This section shall be known, and may be cited, as the Gun-Free School Zone Act of 1995.
(b) Any person who possesses a firearm in a place that the person knows, or reasonably should know, is a school zone, as defined in paragraph (1) of subdivision (e), unless it is with the written permission of the school district superintendent, his or her designee, or equivalent school authority, shall be punished as specified in subdivision (f).
(e) As used in this section, the following definitions shall apply:
(1) "School zone" means an area in, or on the grounds of, a public or private school providing instruction in kindergarten or grades 1 to 12, inclusive, or within a distance of 1,000 feet from the grounds of the public or private school.
*For complete California Penal Code references, please visit the California Legislative Information website.