Library Gets Temporary Ban On Weapons

By: Jennifer Weaver Email
By: Jennifer Weaver Email

"I think people should keep their guns at home," Chad Gardner said.

Gardner comes to the Capital Area District Library in downtown Lansing twice a week and he feels bringing a weapon inside is not only unnecessary but dangerous.

"You got kids that come in the library and if someone pulls a gun out kids will be in danger," Gardner said.

And Gardner is not alone in his opinion, the CADL made their feelings about weapons clear when they put a Temporary Restraining Order against members of Michigan Open Carry earlier this week.

Lance Werner, the Capital Area District Library Director says the restraining order came after several incidents shook up library visitors and staff.

"We had a young man who came in, he was openly carrying a shotgun and one of the patrons became so alarmed that they called the police," Werner said.

The restraining order is currently in place, anyone carrying a weapon on library property will be asked to leave but some residents say they need more than a temporary fix.

"I'd feel safer if they had a permanent restraining order against guns in libraries and places," Hiedi Jackson of Lansing said.

"At the end of the day it's our commitment to safety and all public libraries commitment to safety that serves the impetus for us to hope that this thing goes forward and becomes more permanent," Werner said.

The library will go before a judge at the end of the month to seek a permanent injunction to prevent weapons from being carried on library property.

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