July 23, 2014

Arizona: Mohave Board of Supervisors Lifts Gun Ban at County Libraries

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From AP (via KPHO):

The Mohave County Board of Supervisors is lifting the ban on guns in the county’s 10 libraries.

The board’s unanimous vote follows a previous decision to remove the ban on weapons at the county administration building in Kingman.

From the Mohave Daily News:

Several speakers spoke out for and against allowing guns in the 10 county branch libraries. The library district citizen’s advisory committee told the board that they opposed allowing guns in the libraries because of the number of elementary-age school children who use the libraries, which should be considered safe zones. Gun lockers are available at all 10 branch libraries in the county.

One speaker questioned whether there actually would be gun fights over the use of computers at the library. She also never heard of a legally armed citizen interfering with or being mistaken by police officers during a shooting situation.

In supporting a gun ban, the citizen’s advisory committee argued that an emotionally unstable armed person checking out a book or using a computer could get agitated and pull out the weapon, escalating a dangerous situation.

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