Appeals Court: Libraries Can't Ban Guns

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan Court of Appeals says public libraries in the state can't bar gun-toting patrons.
The ruling announced Friday says it's up to the state to regulate firearms. The decision reverses a lower court's ruling involving Lansing's library.
Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina earlier restricted patrons from openly carrying firearms onto the property of the Capital Area District Library. The gun rights advocacy group Michigan Open Carry had sought to allow the public to bring guns to the Lansing library.
The Detroit Free Press reports a bill is before the state Legislature to add libraries to the list of places where weapons can't be carried.


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  • by jeff Location: warren on Nov 1, 2012 at 08:27 PM
    OCers Carry to Keep Themselves and Their Fellow Citizens Safe!It's No different than having police officers(also armed citizens)among them!Those who are Against Exercising Their Right to Self Defense do so out of Fear and Ignorance!
  • by Robert Location: Lansing on Oct 31, 2012 at 02:21 PM
    If someone in the audience had a gun maybe that shooter wouldn't have been able to shoot so many people. It's not the gun you should be afraid of, it's the person! We have over 2600 gun laws already. People that are intent on causing harm to you are not going to follow any rules.
  • by Anonymous Location: Plymouth on Oct 30, 2012 at 09:34 AM
    What the people who want to ban guns do not understand is that in reality they are afraid of the the exact same thing those who choose to carry are afraid of - people. When you ask a pro-ban person what they are afraid of and you press them for the proper answer they say - someone using the gun to harm them. The key word in that last sentence is SOMEONE, not gun. Since it is difficult to ban people, it makes those fearing violence feel better if they focus on the object in the belief that will make them more secure and safe. Unfortunately, it is a completely false sense of security.
  • by Mark Location: Location on Oct 29, 2012 at 06:49 AM
    @Kathleen, You won't know. Just like you won't know if that creepy guy standing in the back corner with a book in his hands is actually reading or if he is a child predator scoping out which kid he is going to nab. You say that guns should be kept at home except in cases of hunting or self defense. By that comment I assume you believe that that only time one may need to defend themselves is at home? I have been victim/witness in 3 robberies in my lifetime, none of which occurred in my home. Remember..... when seconds count, the police are only minutes away. Obama supporters make me uncomfortable. Can we outlaw them in public places?
  • by Mike Location: Michign on Oct 27, 2012 at 09:09 PM
    To all of you who say you are "uncomfortable, I say this: The Bill of Rights (not wants) says I have a right to carry a gun. If you are uncomfortable, deal with it. You being uncomfortable is not justification to take away my Right to self defense.
  • by Keith Location: Jackson on Oct 27, 2012 at 06:37 PM
    Common theme by those who choose to go unarmed: "We FEEL safer if firearms are banned" Hallelujah people, why is this about "feelings" ? Is that how you want the law in this country handled ? Do any of the commenter's actually believe that a deranged person, or a criminal with complete disregard for your life is going to spend 1 millisecond reading a sign that prohibits firearms in the library ? Or how about in the cinema ? Or how about at the entrance to our schools ? How about on commercial flights ? Yet, as we have seen over and over, the libraries full of laws that do nothing, nada to prevent violent acts with firearms from occurring at any time. If the nut does not have a firearm, then they use knives, clubs, chains, their bare hands, motor vehicles, bombs, airplanes or whatever their can get their hands on to carry out their killing. People, the boy scout motto was "Be Prepared". The founders of this country felt that self sufficiency was a core asset of our citizenry. That was the reason for the 2nd amendment, that citizens would be guaranteed the right to provide for their own protection instead of being victims. The larger the "victim" subset of the population becomes, the larger will be the policing system to protect it and it will not be long before society looks like the Soviet union. In case anyone has not noticed, we can't afford the police that we already have.
  • by Mike Location: grand rapids on Oct 27, 2012 at 02:30 AM
    political statement or not banning guns never stops criminals from bringing guns anywhere I can't believe people still try to argue that we need more gun bans in public places. campus's, movie theaters over 2500 seating, casino's and schools all have mass murders over criminals bringing guns. People wake up and use your head is a criminal going to stop at the door and say no i can't rob this place it has a "No Guns Allowed" sign. Open carry or not I support law abiding people to carry. Those people are first there on the scene not the cops you'll have to order a pizza and wait for them....
  • by Jim Location: Low temp on Oct 26, 2012 at 04:24 PM
    I find it funny that you think you know what other people think. CPL Psychic? Certainly I am in favor of gun training, but choosing to OC or CPL is a preference. Open carry is problematic anyhow since you have to case it to enter a motor vehicle, and the law doesn't have a transport clause to walmart or the library, you are limited to where you can case carry in your car. Whether or not OC is a visible deterrent for criminals, or a target on your back is an opinion, and I find your comments abusive.
  • by Name Kathleen Location: Hillsdale County on Oct 26, 2012 at 03:17 PM
    Comment How is the average person in the Library going to be able to tell if the "open carry" person is a normal law abiding citizen or some deranged, angry or severely depressed person bent on "revenge" on someone or anyone ? I think guns should be kept at home except for hunting or defending your own person, family or property.
  • by Name Location: Location on Oct 26, 2012 at 03:13 PM
    You can see youtube videos of those who want to go into Mcdonalds with a gun and fighting for their rights. Whatever. Its stupid and nobody feels safe bringing a child into a library when some dolt has a gun and he isnt a cop. Most likely the court of appeals in Michigan is probably dominantly GOP as they are in bed with the NRA
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