A children’s event in the parking lot of a Kalamazoo library last Saturday went awry for one family when the father was asked to leave by library staff after they noticed the man was carrying a holstered handgun, stirring a debate over whether libraries should be added to the list of gun-free zones.
“We’re under instruction from police to call them whenever we see someone with a gun, so we did,” Kalamazoo Public Library Director Ann Rohrbaugh told MLive. “In the meantime, one of our administrators told the man that we’d like him to leave.”
Library staff first approached the man and asked why he was carrying a firearm, but apparently unsatisfied with his answer, he was then asked to leave. However, the father, knowing that he was well within his legal rights, refused to do so.