Monday, August 08, 2005

Ferndale, MI libraries want to ensure their patrons remains easy targets

From The Oakland Press:
The words are still there in red on the Ferndale Public Library's front door.

'Absolutely no weapons including those permitted by concealed weapons law may be brought into this facility.'

The statement remains, even though the courts have said the rule is not enforceable for properly registered concealed weapons.


In 2001, Ferndale's City Council took a bold stand and voted to ban guns from its city buildings.

The move - called groundbreaking by some - spurred other cities to take similar stands. Soon Detroit, East Lansing, Saline and others had passed their own bans.

A gun rights group, Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners, took Ferndale to court.


In 2002, an Oakland County Circuit Court judge upheld Ferndale's ordinance, and the gun rights group appealed.

In May 2003, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that communities can't add restrictions to state rules on where gun owners can carry weapons.

In September, 2003, when the Ferndale backers carried the case to the Michigan Supreme Court, the court refused to hear an appeal of the decision, assuring the victory to gun rights groups.


Ferndale City Manager Barwin feels otherwise, and wants the township to try again.

'My feeling is the public is very supportive (of the gun ban).'
Apparently the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners isn't considered to be part of the "public."

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