The bill by Assembly Speaker John Perez aims to fill in the gaps in post 9-11 measures that beefed up security at airports and seaports. Ron Cottingham is with the Peace Officers Research Association of California. He says local governments need this measure to provide similar protections in bus and train stations.
“So the difficulty is, is you can have somebody coming in with weapons into those areas and they would not be violating any law. In fact, it’s a misdemeanor to jump your fare on a bus. It’s an infraction to bring a bomb on a bus…”
That means it’s a ticket—with perhaps a fine, no jail time.
Speaker Perez says the recent bombings in Moscow and the attempt in Times Square are examples of how vulnerable public transit stations can be to attacks.
If approved by the Assembly, the measure will then move on to the State Senate.