Naturally, libraries are trying to find a way to loophole themselves out of following the new law because they believe patrons would "be concerned" if they saw law-abiding citizens carrying guns in the stacks. They insist that libraries are just like schools and should be exempt in the same way.
Except...they're not. Aside from containing books and other educational materials, libraries are not like schools. At all. As far as I'm aware, schools do not allow just any stranger in to wander the building, interact with the staff, and use the facilities. Libraries are no more secure than the street corner.
And yet people cling to their naive belief that because a library is filled with children's storyhours and a wholesome book-filled goodness it is a safe, happy place where an act of self-defense would be unthinkable:
Sheriff Hildebrandt had reservations, especially about allowing people to carry guns into bars. "[It] seems to be a recipe for disaster," he said.As for libraries, "I have served nearly 20 years on our local library as a trustee, and it seems to me that weapons in a library are unnecessary.
Sure, they're unnecessary. Until you really, really need one.
_______________________*None of their reactions surprise me, of course. I'm hip to library administrators, yanno. (also, wow! I wrote that in 2007. That's like 20 blogyears ago!)