Michigan Court of Appeals to Consider Legal Challenge to Lansing Library Weapons Ban
From Michigan Radio:
The Capital Area District Library has a very simple policy: “All weapons are banned from Library premises by the fullest extent permitted by law”
Dean Greenblatt is the attorney for Michigan Open Carry. He says the library authority does not have the legal right under state law to ban weapons. Greenblatt cites the Michigan Firearm and Ammunition Act of 1990, which says local units of government shall not pass laws and regulations on weapons. He says the law is intended to create a consistent statewide standard.
Attorney Gary Bender represents the Capital Area District Library. He says authorities that govern library systems, sporting arenas, water systems and other similar organizations are not included in the Michigan Firearms Act of 1991.
Bender says allowing people to openly carry weapons in the libraries will discourage people from using libraries and add to the library’s security costs.
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