Saturday, February 13, 2010

And now, a letter to the City Librarian

Good Morning -

I write to inquire, in light of the February 12th ruling by Superior Court Judge Cathy Shaffer overturning the Parks Gun Ban on the grounds that it violated RCW 9.41.290 and RCW 9.41.300, Article I, Section 24 of the Washington State Constitution, and quite possibly the 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution as incorporated under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution as interpreted in the post-Heller era, when your office will strike "Possession, except by law enforcement officers, of a firearm on Library property." from Category E (Serious Violation Toward Person(s) or Property) listed in the Seattle Public Library Rules of Conduct?

Have you already changed the rule, such that if I visit a library while lawfully armed, that I will be allowed to proceed about my business within the bounds of state, county, and municipal law? Do you intend to change (and publish the change) in the near future?

I note that the regulatory and enforcement structure are nearly identical to the overturned "Parks Ban", and strongly suspect that if adjudicated, a similar result (particularly in light of stare decisis) would result after significant legal expense at a time when the Library budget is already best described as perilous. I believe it in the best interests of the City, the Library, taxpayers, and the general populace that action be promptly taken to address this issue.

I look forward to your prompt reply.

Best Wishes,



Drang said...

Yet another reason the King County Library System is better than the Seattle library System...
(And now I know why Mrs. Drang thought she had to disarm before going into the library.)

Old NFO said...

It will be interesting to see if you even GET a response...

Steve R said...

I know the first time I went in to the local library here after I got my permit I paid special attention to the "no weapons" sign on the door. It specifically cites state code and gives the section reference. For those who bother to look it up (and I did), their "no weapons" rule is trumped by my permit. So now I carry concealed when I go in the library. No knives allowed, but my gun is okay.

jdege said...

My local library has a prominent sign stating in large letters that "Hennepin County Libraries ban guns in these premises".

In fine print, at the bottom, it adds "this does not apply to patrons carrying under permits issued in accordance with Minn. Stat. 624.714".