A Michigan school district is debating how to address state law which allows concealed carry permit holders to open carry on campus grounds.
Interestingly enough, the law prohibits CCW licensees from carrying concealed in public school buildings, but allows open carry instead.
The Huron Valley school board had an open discussion on the matter Monday night, an event that was prompted by an incident where a father of a student wore his firearm after hours while visiting two of the district’s buildings.
Under current district policy, any time an individual brings a firearm on campus, officials shut down the school.
“Any visitor who brings a gun will be treated the same and the police will be summoned,” said school board president Rebecca Walsh in a statement. “This is essential because the District has no way to know who is violating the law and who first into the exception.”
Needless to say, the policy is overly protective as one gun-rights advocate pointed out.
“Going into lockdown every single time is ridiculous,” Tom Lambert, vice president of Michigan Open Carry, Inc., told WXYZ Detroit.
So, what’s the solution?
Seems to me it’s rather obvious. Petition the state legislature to change the law to enable concealed carry permit holders to CARRY CONCEALED while visiting public schools!
Responsible, law-abiding citizens will have no problem keeping firearms out of sight. If the firearms are kept out of sight, then the hoplophobes who work at the school won’t panic, insisting that the school be shut down, and no one will know who is carrying, creating an environment where people, and criminals especially, will be on their best behavior because as we all know an armed society is a polite society.