On March 5, 2015, Michigan Open Carry, Inc., a non-profit advocacy organization, and a parent, Kenneth Herman, filed suit in Genesee Circuit Court against the Clio Area School District, the Clio superintendent, and the principal of the elementary school where Herman’s daughter attends. Herman alleges that his rights were violated by the District on multiple occasions when he tried to pick up his daughter from school, while having a weapon on his person that was openly displayed.
In the Plaintiffs’ complaint, they state that Herman has a Concealed Pistol License pursuant to Michigan law. They acknowledge that Michigan law prohibits carrying concealed weapons on school property. MCL 28.425o(1)(a). A parent may only carry a concealed pistol on school grounds while the parent is picking up or dropping off the student, and remains in the vehicle in the area reserved for pick-up and drop-off. MCL 28.425o(1)(a). Plaintiffs argue that this exception only applies to concealed pistols, and that open carry of a pistol is not illegal in Michigan.
The controversy began when Herman was visiting the school, openly carrying his pistol, and saw a sign stating the school was a weapon-free zone. Herman informed district officials that he believed the sign was in violation of Michigan law. Two days later, when Herman returned to the school with his openly displayed pistol, school officials called the police. Herman complied with their request to leave school grounds. When Herman later met with district personnel and local law enforcement, the school agreed to change the sign, but would not allow him to open carry on school grounds. Herman was denied access to the school on several other occasions after this meeting while he was openly carrying his pistol. Ultimately, Plaintiff seeks a declaratory order from the Court that the District may not prevent access to the school by Herman. Read more here.