The Dearborn Board of Education passed a resolution at the December 19, 2013 meeting sending a strong message to the community and lawmakers regarding the district’s position on “open carry” laws in public schools.
Currently, under Michigan law, individuals cannot carry a concealed pistol on school property. A separate law pertaining to the “open carry” of firearms prohibits individuals from carrying a weapon in banks, places of worship, courts, theatres, sports arenas, day care centers, hospitals, and bars, but does not prohibit the “open carry” of firearms in public schools.
The Board resolution explains how a person showing up on school property, openly carrying a weapon, would immediately put the school into a lock down situation and create a disruption to the instructional day.
The Board of Education is committed to providing a safe learning environment for all students in the Dearborn Public Schools. The Board encourages residents to contact lawmakers in Lansing to ask them not to expand the current open carry laws in the state.