Saturday, August 27, 2005

Michigan: Library's gun ban conflicts with law: "As Waterford Township officials prepare to revise the township's library rules, they've decided the issue of carrying guns into libraries isn't one they'll take further. The library board has worked with a city attorney for a couple of months to adopt new regulations -- one of which would ban guns from the public facility. But board members soon learned that prohibiting guns from the library is in direct conflict with state law. While Michigan's law does not allow anyone with a concealed weapon into schools, bars, sports stadiums and other facilities, it does not include such municipal facilities as libraries. So it's legal for anyone with a valid permit to carry a firearm in those facilities. Now trustees must vote on changing the policy so it doesn't ban weapons, a move that Supervisor Carl Solden said he supports."

A good historical quote: "Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive." From Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution (Philadelphia, 1787).

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