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Dearborn School Board Passes 'Open Carry' Resolution

The Dearborn Board of Education passed a resolution on Monday that will prohibit the "open carry" of firearms in Dearborn Public Schools.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

The Dearborn Board of Education passed a resolution on Monday that will prohibit the "open carry" of firearms in Dearborn Public Schools -a step that more and more Michigan school districts seem to be taking.

Michigan law currently limits the premises on which a person can openly carry a firearm. Unless they have a Concealed Pistol License, a person may not openly carry a firearm in the following places: banks, places of worship, courts, theaters, sports arenas, day care centers, hospitals and bars.

While it is illegal to carry a concealed firearm on school property- even for someone with a CPL- Michigan law does not prohibit the "open carry" of firearms in schools.

The board has decided to prohibit the open carry of firearms in Dearborn Schools because "The intent of a person entering a public school with an open carry firearm would be unknown," the resolution stated. "Staff are not qualified to determine a person's status to carry an open firearm, and in the interest of safety it is not reasonable to take the time to make that determination..."

Under the current Emergency Management Plan for Dearborn Public Schools, the entire school would have to go into lockdown mode if someone were to open carry a firearm on the property.

"The board is obviously always concerned about the safety of the schools," said David Mustonen, communications coordinator for Dearborn Public Schools. "They want to do whatever they can and take whatever steps they can to ensure that safety."

Several district's across the state have passed similar resolutions prohibiting the open carry of firearms in school zones, Mustonen said. West Bloomfield Schools passed an open carry resolution last month, and the Hanover-Horton School District in Hanover Township, Mi., also passed one on Monday.

A bill was introduced in January 2013 by state Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing, that would have added public schools to the list of places in Michigan where people can't open carry firearms, but it never made it out of Committee.

The Board of Education is hoping that its open carry resolution, along with other school districts' resolutions, will encourage Michigan lawmakers to change the law on the state level.

Do you think the open carry of firearms in school zones should be allowed? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Editor’s Note: This story has been revised to clarify that the state law restrictions on open carrying a firearm in the places listed above does not apply to those with a Concealed Pistol License.

Linda Scharf Brazier December 13, 2013 at 07:22 AM
I believe in the 2nd amendment and if you have not noticed its the people who have no permits that cause all the problems just remember that when your left standing there with a nut job
Your taxes pay my salary December 13, 2013 at 09:23 AM
A local unit of government cannot preempt state law.
MoJo December 13, 2013 at 09:48 AM
How did I know this story would bring the gun nuts out armed with their inane and nonsensical comments? Linda......Adam Lanza's mother had permits for her guns. That didn't stop her son from killing twenty babies. You people live in a fantasy world and the rest of us have to pay for your ridiculous and dangerous ignorance.
Bob Foster December 13, 2013 at 01:59 PM
So, MoJo, why didn't some law abiding citizen stop Adam Lanza from killing the innocents? Just so you don't have to think too hard, I'll tell you. Guns were not allowed in the school. Who follows laws? Not criminals. Not Adam Lanza. These kids were set up to be sitting ducks by a system that mistakenly thinks a No Gun policy will mean safety. If teachers or vetted law abiding concealed carriers were allowed to be armed in schools, many children would still be alive today. Why do we continue to put our children at risk? Criminals know that they can waltz into a school and start mayhem. Look at all the places it's happened before. The fault lies in the laps of the administrators and nowhere else.
karl hicks December 13, 2013 at 04:56 PM
this so called board of education needs an education. please read MCL,123.1102, Michigan State police Legal update #86, heck even the legal department of the school board should have told them that there resolution has no legal standing and opens them up for a law suite. when school boards throw away taxpayers money like it was water, the over taxed citizen's pay for there bad judgment.
Joseph Borrajo December 13, 2013 at 05:45 PM
German poet, philosopher, playwright Herman Goethe once said the earth is the insane asylum for the university. Another move that bears this point out. P3
Person Views December 13, 2013 at 07:59 PM
All you haters here's something that the school board lawyers failed to read: Michigan Preemption Law, http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28vdg1ij45qhklkwioak0gvh45%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&objectname=mcl-123-1102 It reads like this : 123.1102 Regulation of pistols or other firearms. Sec. 2. A local unit of government shall not impose special taxation on, enact or enforce any ordinance or regulation pertaining to, or regulate in any other manner the ownership, registration, purchase, sale, transfer, transportation, or possession of pistols or other firearms, ammunition for pistols or other firearms, or components of pistols or other firearms, except as otherwise provided by federal law or a law of this state. History: 1990, Act 319, Eff. Mar. 28, 1991 So basically your school board resolution is null and void as the state can only make such policy. And the Dearborn Police can NOT enforce a school board policy so who is going to enforce a policy that is illegal in the eyes of the law? End Of Story
Mike December 13, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Good correction - Michigan CPL holders are the only ones that can carry openly - and must carry openly - at K-12 school, bars, and certain other places. But the story fails to mention that the school district is forbidden from banning open carry - preemption.
Tom B December 14, 2013 at 01:02 PM
I, recently, took my CPL class to obtain my license to carry. The sherrif who conducted the class told us not to carry in "large venues", churches(without permission), schools and bars. He also told us to have a lawyer on hand and NEVER answer questions from a police officer if you have to use your weapon, unless the attorney is present. Bad people with "ill intent" will get into these places whether the have a license to carry or not. As a former teacher, I would not like to carry in my room, but I would be willing to protect my students at ALL costs. Too many guns in too many places cause problems, laws or not.
Your taxes pay my salary December 14, 2013 at 01:35 PM
Well Tom B the Sheriff that taught your class lied to you. Check out Michigan open carry for the correct laws on carrying your firearm.
Lee Jacobsen December 14, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Bottom line, the crazies will ignore the school board like they ignore everything else, except the places that have signs that say 'no guns allowed', or 'Gun Free Zone'. Then the crazies know they have found a place to do 'crazy' things, are safe to play 'shootem up'.
Lee Jacobsen December 14, 2013 at 04:15 PM
I wonder how the school board would handle this kid in the youtube video below, concealing 15 guns, everything including a shotgun under his baggy clothing, and perhaps board of education should consider revising the school dress code from being 'too tight and revealing', (the current code) , to 'shirts must be tucked in'. See here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj0B51vs8RI
Wakeupmoron December 23, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Brilliant! Perfect timing for the Holidays! Title should read. City of Dearborn gives away free money. Its good to see cities in Michigan so prosperous and willing to give the residents of Dearborn taxes away to lawsuits... I, for one will be in line for some of that money.. The officials of Dearborn that arrived to this illegal conclusion must be part of the Obama Admin. How soon before the Free phones arrive?
John Gillespie December 24, 2013 at 09:56 AM
Michigan state law pre-empts this automatically. City legal should have been consulted prior to this action, as the first arrest for this is going to cost the city a lot of money in court.
Lonnie Williams March 12, 2014 at 10:56 PM
Get out the popcorn and watch the drama unfold. Dearborn Schools have just set themselves up for direct and legal challenges to this resolution. Michigan law preempts all local units of government from regulating firearms. Ergo, this resolution has no legal teeth and is unenforceable. 123.1102 - Regulation of pistols or other firearms. Sec. 2. "A local unit of government shall not impose special taxation on, enact or enforce any ordinance or regulation pertaining to, or regulate in any other manner the ownership, registration, purchase, sale, transfer, transportation, or possession of pistols or other firearms, ammunition for pistols or other firearms, or components of pistols or other firearms, except as otherwise provided by federal law or a law of this state."

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