If they had said, 'You can do it,' I probably wouldn't be interested."
Under the Gun Free School Zone Act, Hall was required to request a special permit from the school district in order to carry a firearm near Grattan Elementary.
"They denied me," he said. "I feel like my fundamental rights according to the U.S. Supreme Court have been denied. I have no choice at this point other than to file for redress and get the court to overturn School District has done."
Hall notes that if he were to win his suit, and an anti-open carry bill now being pushed by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano were to pass, the juxtaposition of new laws would create a bizarre situation where people could not carry sidearms -- unless they were near a school. That's because Ammiano's anti-sidearm bill includes an exemption for people who've been issued permits allowing them to carry near schools. According to the bill's text, the ban wouldn't include:
Hall's suit, meanwhile, demands that the School District be required to issue such permits.
The open carrying of an unloaded handgun within a school
zone, as defined in Section 626.9, with the written permission of the
school district superintendent, his or her designee, or equivalent