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Welcome sign replaces "no weapons" sign at Carson City library

In the face of public criticism, a “welcome to the library” sign has replaced the short-lived “no weapons allowed at the library” sign at the front door of the Carson City Library.

The prominent “no weapons” sign lasted two weeks before library trustees opted for a more subtle approach to get across the message that state law allows the library to bar patrons carrying weapons.

Library staff had fielded more than 25 written complaints about the 24-by-18-inch sign. Library director Sally Edwards handed the complaints to trustees at a Sept. 19 board meeting and trustees discussed the matter. A smattering of complaints also appeared as letters to the editor in the Nevada Appeal.

“The library board was very surprised that the public reacted the way they had,” Edwards said.

Comments said the sign was too blatant and the message was overkill.

So Edwards found a way to literally turn around a negative message and make it a positive one. She had the “no weapons” sign flipped over and the “welcome” message stenciled on the back side.

Weapons still are not allowed at the Carson City Library. And a new sign says so.

“Did you see the other sign? No? That’s good,” Edwards said.

The new version is an 8-1/2-by-12-inch sticker at the base of the sliding glass door on the left side.

“The policy still stands,” Edwards said.

The library’s no weapons policy reads: “Except for weapons carried by active or honorably retired Nevada Peace Officers, firearms and other dangerous weapons or bombs are not allowed on the library premises unless written permission has been given by the Library Director.”

Even people with concealed weapon permits may not bring a weapon into the library unless they have written permission from Edwards or are active or retired Nevada peace officers.

Edwards said the original sign was meant to give a signal that the library is a safe place.

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