Politics
5:08 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

Lansing libraries: No guns wanted here

The Lansing library system has been granted a temporary restraining order to keep people from bringing weapons into its facilities.

The Capital Area District Library says about two months ago, people began coming into the library openly carrying guns. They claimed to have the right to do that under Michigan’s Firearms and Ammunitions Act.

Gary Bender is the library’s attorney.

He says the library is exempt from that law because it is not a local unit of government and is allowed to ban weapons at its locations.

“The purpose of the rule is to protect the safety and welfare of the library patrons who come into the library expecting a safe place to browse and pick up materials and do the things they do at their library,” Bender says.

He says the library has filed a request for a preliminary injunction. The case is slated to be heard on February 24.