Michigan County Clerk Stops Illegal Weapons Ban at Her Building

By Dean Weingarten

Michigan County Clerk Stops Illegal Weapons Ban at Her Building
Michigan County Clerk Stops Illegal Weapons Ban at Her Building
Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- – On Friday, June 27th, Karen Spranger went to work as the County Clerk in Macomb County, Michigan. When she arrived at 0730, the metal detection machinery and the armed guards had been removed. She had filed a lawsuit to make this occur.  She had not been notified it would happen.

In Michigan, public buildings are not allowed to forbid the exercise of Second Amendment rights, with an exception for court rooms or other official space used for official court business.

From macomdaily.com:

Security measures at the Macomb County Clerk and Register of Deeds office at the Talmer building in Mount Clemens have been removed as a result of court action filed by Clerk Karen Spranger that targeted the county’s policy on weapons-free zones.

The Macomb County Office of County Executive ordered the removal of the metal detector, X-ray machines and three security guards assigned to the building, Spranger announced Tuesday.

“The three full-time security guards are good people, but their wages and benefits are simply a waste of the Macomb County taxpayers’ money,” she said in a release sent by her private attorney, Frank Cusumano.

Two other buildings in the county have metal detectors and armed guards. They are the Macolmb County Circuit Court and the county Administration building. The Circuit Court likely falls under the court room exception for gun free zones.

The county Administration building may be another illegal gun free zone.

It cost $40,000 for the equipment.  Three guards, full time, probably cost $250,000 a year per building in “security” costs.  As has often been said, it is easy to spend other people’s money.

In the same article,  Deputy County Executive Mark Deldin made some interesting statements:

Deldin acknowledged that government functions operated in the renovated, former bank building do not fit the definition under state law as a weapons-free zone. They expected weapons-free designation could be successfully challenged in court.

“We felt when we put it in, even though we knew it was not protected by law, let’s err on the side of caution for employees and by the public that use that building,” Deldin said.

So the County executive is fine with performing illegal acts “on the side of caution”.

Florida solved that problem by holding individual officers liable for disrespecting state law and the Constitution who performed similar actions. Local governments were forbidden to supply legal assistance in such cases. Suddenly, scofflaw actions by city and county officials stopped and were reversed.

More states are implementing policies to hold local officials personally accountable for violating laws that infringe on citizens’ exercise of Second Amendment rights. Michigan does not have such a statute.

Spending a quarter of a million dollars a year for a measure of dubious value may be seen as poor money management. It is worse when the decision to do so is in contradiction to state law, and invites lawsuits to correct the situation. The taxpayers pay for the unnecessary equipment and guards, and then pay for the lawsuit that gets them removed.

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About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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If worked here and you saw the nut jobs that come in here day in and day out, you’d want a little bit more protection than an inch thick glass window too.

Matt in Oklahoma

I work in a place much worse than yours with the nutjobs that can’t be out there. Still doesn’t give you the right to improperly change the law or conduct illegal enforcement of disarmament.

Fred Zarguna

Since it is no longer a “gun free zone” enjoy your 2A rights and get a CC permit, and come to work with your weapon.

Wild Bill

“… More states are implementing policies to hold local officials personally accountable for violating laws that infringe on citizens’ exercise of Second Amendment rights.” from above.
I am glad to see that the public’s view and demand for action is swinging our way. Perhaps it will get popular to hold bureaucrats, postal officials, politicians, judges, Congress persons, and presidents similarly liable! Personal liability for denial of Civil Rights a concept whose time has come. Maybe, personal liability for wasteful or wrongful spending could be next.


I DO think the current heading for this article:
Quote} ” Michigan County Clerk Stops Illegal Weapons Ban at Her Building” {Quote
Is a little misleading; I was wondering WHAT “ILLEGAL WEAPONS” were being banned by the sign and detectors.
A better heading would have been:
“Michigan County Clerk Stops Illegal Ban of Weapons at Her Building”


It’s about time there are personal penalties for “Officials” that deny Constitutionally stated freedoms. IF the ‘Officials” pass laws or “regulations’ that deny stated freedoms then they need to be fired, pay fines, and do some jail time for their anti freedom deeds that go contrary to our Constitution. That is my humble opinion on this subject.


Here in TX, a fairly new law adds some teeth to enforcing the prohibition against most public buildings banning guns illegally. If you simply take a photo of the illegal signage or metal detectors, etc. and E-mail it to the TX AG’s office, they will promptly look into it, and send a letter to the offending office giving them 10 days to correct the problem. If they don’t, the state fines them heavily, I think it is 1500 dollars the first day (but may be more, I can’t remember) and then 1000 dollars a day until they comply. Our local… Read more »


First you have to write the offending municipality or county, notifying them that they are in violation and that you plan on filing a complain with the Texas AG office. If they don’t comply within three days time you then file with the AG. The problem is that this is an entirely new procedure and the AG still hasn’t seemed to shake it out. The first complaint took four months and some have been outstanding much more than that. Some consider a failure because the AG is not tromping on violators left and right but they have a limited number… Read more »