The Michigan Supreme Court is passing on a gun rights case involving a Lansing-based library system.
The justices said Thursday they won’t intervene in a case over whether Capital Area District Libraries is within its right to ban guns. In a 6-1 decision, the state’s top court said Thursday it wouldn’t hear the appeal from CADL, which has several branches in Ingham County.
The library banned firearms at its branches in 2011 but the state appeals court last year struck down that policy.
The Court of Appeals had said the library was stepping on the authority of the Michigan Legislature by trying to regulate guns.
The courts effectively ruled that the Capital Areas District Libraries were not a government unto themselves, with the ability to create and impose laws. It’s frankly stunning that the library system even tried this.
Anti-gun Democrats may attempt to amend existing laws to add libraries to the state’s existing list of “gun free zones,” but CADL Director Maureen Hirten does not have the authority to arbitrarily amend state law on her own.