LANSING (AP) – The Michigan Court of Appeals says public libraries in the state can’t bar gun-toting patrons.

The ruling announced Friday says it’s up to the state to regulate firearms. The decision reverses a lower court’s ruling involving Lansing’s library.

Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina earlier restricted patrons from openly carrying firearms onto the property of the Capital Area District Library. The gun rights advocacy group Michigan Open Carry had sought to allow the public to bring guns to the Lansing library.

The Detroit Free Press reports a bill is before the state Legislature to add libraries to the list of places where weapons can’t be carried.

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