CA Kirpan Education Bill Passes 36-0 Full Senate Vote

September 1, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Sikh Coalition

AB 504 - a proposed law that would train law enforcement personnel about Sikhs and kirpans - passed unanimously through the California legislature today. The bill is just one step away from becoming law in California. It now moves on to Governor Schwarzenegger, who will hopefully sign it into law before the end of October. Extensive advocacy efforts led by the Sikh Coalition and local sangat members resulted in bipartisan, unanimous support of this legislation in both houses of the legislature.

Should it become law, this would be the first law specifically pertaining to the kirpan in the United States.