Open Carry Allowed at Capital Area District Libraries

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

Some people consider the Capital Area District Library (CADL) a family place. That's why the news that people can now openly carry guns in the library came as a shock to some patrons.

"[If I see an open weapon] I would just grab my stuff and probably leave," said Lansing resident Morgan DelValle.

In a court battle between the CADL and Michigan Open Carry, Inc., the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that only the state has the power to regulate firearms, not local government. That means the CADL's policy that bans open carry cannot stand. CADL argued that they're exempt because they're an authority, but the court ruled otherwise.

"I think we were all disappointed because we thought this was an issue of the safety and protection of our patrons and we thought we had a good case and obviously we thought we would win," said Maureen Hirten, president of CADL.

This was undoubtedly a victory for Michigan Open Carry, Inc.

"We feel that everyone in the State of Michigan has more rights because of this," said Phillip Hofmeister, president of Michigan Open Carry.

Hofmeister says this ruling helps protect against future issues.

"All sorts of different local governments would start banning firearms and that was our fear and that's why we saw it was important to pursue this case."

Hirten says she doesn't anticipate any safety problems because of this and Hofmeister is asking people to not overreact.

"If their everyday lives involves open carrying and they happen to be going to a library then by all means, but don't do anything you wouldn't do otherwise," Hofmeister said.

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  • by Honestdata Location: Plymouth on Oct 29, 2012 at 08:05 AM
    Tom, before posting such an emotionally based reaction, might I suggest studying the subject, along with looking up actual data, first. It is everyday ordinary, law abiding citizens choosing to implement a self defense strategy that involves a firearm. It is the only tool that puts a 70 year old grandmother equal to an 18 year 220 lb thug in a force on force situation. Go to a CPL class and you will see the older folks, the single woman wanting to protect their children in these trying times that are getting CPLs. You talk from a lack of understanding and zero research on the subject. Also, take the time to research the published statistics on firearm ownership increase since 2005 and the reduction of crime since that same year. The data is out there for anyone willing to take the time to seek out the facts.
  • by Chuck Location: Location on Oct 28, 2012 at 07:27 PM
    Citizens of MI have the tight to keep and bear arms for the defense of themselves and their family...from MI constitution.. Should be easy to understand and dont get mucked up in the "militia" part of the US Constitution..
  • by steve Location: whitelake on Oct 28, 2012 at 07:19 AM
    I carry concealed and open. I just wanted anonymous to know I am not a coward and I am not trying to act like a big man I am just trying to protect what is mine.If you look at where idiots kill people it is where people can not protect themselves from people who would do them harm.And you never know, one day your life or somebody you care about life could be saved by one of us.
  • by Tom Location: Holt on Oct 27, 2012 at 04:46 PM
    What next? It seems to me that the only people who need to carry a weapon with the exception of police officers are men with a lack of testosterone and women with to much testosterone. It is a sad day when an idiot judge can put so many people (children) at risk of some rambo going postal. God bless this country were people can do anything they want. i guess Karl Marx was right.
  • by Open Carrier Location: Lansing on Oct 27, 2012 at 10:24 AM
    Hey anonymous.... Openly carrying or any carrying has nothing to do with what you refer to.... bullies and cowards... what a ridiculous thing to say. I give your troll a -1 out of 10. Fail. Besides, there was 2 murders not but a block from the downtown CADL last year. There were NUMEROUS fights at the CATA station just 1/2 block away. There are all sorts of vagrants and other low lifes down there. Plenty of reasons for a person, say a single father with 2 small children, to want to have the ability to protect themselves and their family while they attend the library.
  • by John Scott Location: My bussiness on Oct 26, 2012 at 05:28 PM
    For the record I am a MOC supporter. But,the idea that libraries have suddenly become unsafe because people can lawfully carry doesn't make sense to me. That "unsafe " logic means ALL places that it's legal to lawful carry are unsafe. And libraries always were legal until CADL tried to become a law maker. There were very important reasons why Michigan passed a law saying it was going to be the only source of gun laws and it's still important that it remains that. Unless you don't mind One person having to ablity to decide what is or is not legal even if it violates your constitutional rights
  • by Anonymous on Oct 26, 2012 at 04:54 PM
    This is a great move for cowards and bullies everywhere. we all know how dangerous our public libraries are.
  • by Dave C Location: Southgate on Oct 26, 2012 at 04:47 PM
    2nd amendment-A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. What is there not to understand.
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