“When Seattle Public Library lifted its ban on guns in early November, officials there said they had done so because patrons had complained. Internal library emails reveal that there was just one patron complaint in several years – a man with a Yahoo email account who didn’t identify himself as either a patron or Seattle resident. That man, Dave Bowman, lives in Seattle and has a library card (which he uses, he noted in an email to KUOW), and said that he demanded the policy change on behalf of all gun owners. He described himself as “neither a conservative, nor liberal, but a libertarian.” (via KUOW)
“The Michigan Supreme Court won’t upset a lower court ruling that prohibits a Lansing-area library from banning guns. In a 6-1 decision, the court says it won’t hear an appeal from the Capital Area District Library in Ingham County. The library banned weapons at its branches, but the state appeals court last year struck down that policy.” (via AP)
“Next week, a new rule takes effect in Seattle’s public libraries: You’re free to bring your gun into the stacks with you. The board of the library system voted last week to get rid of its long-standing ban on guns. The new rule says you can carry a gun, concealed or otherwise, into any Seattle library, as long as you don’t do it in a way that “demonstrates intent to intimidate another or that warrants alarm for the safety of other persons.” Why would a city as anti-gun as Seattle allow them at libraries, of all places?” (via The Seattle Times)
“The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library will attempt to exempt its facilities from the state’s new concealed-carry law for another four years. The board on Thursday is scheduled to consider a resolution directing CEO Gina Millsap to “do all things necessary” to prohibit concealed-carry firearms in the library through 2017. According to the agenda item, the board reached a consensus Sept. 19 during a 55-minute executive session to pursue the extended exemption. The board also held a two-hour executive session Aug. 14 on the subject.” (via Topeka Capital Journal)
“The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library still is wrestling with how to respond to the state’s new concealed-carry law. The board Thursday went into a 55-minute executive session about the topic. The board on Aug. 14 held a two-hour special meeting, all but five minutes of which were conducting behind closed doors to discuss security measures. The board has until October to have a first reading on any proposed policy changes.” (via CJOnline.com)
“For the eighth year in a row a measure sponsored by Del. Mamye BaCote, R-Newport News, to ban guns in Newport News public libraries failed Thursday. A House of Delegates subcommittee used a procedural maneuver to stop an initiative given to Bacote by the Newport News City Council designed to make the city’s libraries a gun free zone. Because Virginia is a “Dillon’s Rule” state local ordinances must be approved by the General Assembly and signed into law by the governor in order to take effect.”
via Daily Press
“A rule change that will allow concealed-weapon permit holders to bring their guns into Boulder’s public libraries received unanimous approval from the city’s library commission Wednesday night. The Boulder Public Library Commission discussed a new set of rules of conduct last month but heard several questions about rule No. 5, banning weapons inside library facilities. Assistant City Attorney Sandra Llanes then took another look at the rules, according to commission documents.”
“An employee at the Valparaiso branch of the Porter County Public Library made a shocking discovery this week after cracking open a donated book. The book, which carries the title “Outerbridge Reach,” was hollowed out and contained a historic-looking handgun, according to Valparaiso police. “Somebody just opened it up and said, ‘Oh my,’ ” said Assistant Library Director Phyllis Nelson.
The weapon was described by police as a gold, wooden handle, A.S.M. brand, .31-caliber, single shot, black powder gun.”
via Valparaiso News
Lansing State Journal – “A court order that bars people from openly carrying a firearm onto Capital Area District Library property will stand until at least June. Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina on Tuesday broadened a Feb. 16 ruling to now keep anyone from openly toting firearms on the library’s grounds. Her previous restraining order had applied only to members of Michigan Open Carry or associated people.
“I wish I could say that you could all carry weapons wherever you wanted, but I can’t say that,” Aquilina said during a hearing attended by gun rights advocates and library officials. “I do believe the library can regulate whether weapons come in or don’t come in the library.”