Gov. Snyder vetoes expansion of concealed pistol law
LANSING, MI (WNEM/AP) -
Republican Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has vetoed legislation that would allow concealed weapons in churches, schools and daycare centers.
Snyder said in a release Tuesday that public venues need clear legal authority to ban firearms "if they see fit to do so."
Snyder told The Associated Press Monday he was scrutinizing the bill after Friday's massacre at a Connecticut school. He also drew on memories of a fatal shooting in his college dormitory more than three decades ago.
The legislation would have prohibited openly carrying guns in those places while allowing permit holders to carry concealed weapons. But they couldn't so if the locations declare themselves weapons-free zones.
Under existing law, people may openly carry guns in those and other locations but carrying concealed weapons on those premises is illegal.
Snyder had urged that SB 59 be modified to more significantly restrict pistols in those zones by prohibiting open-carry in such places, in exchange for allowing only concealed pistols to be carried if license holders receive additional training – subject to the right of the property owners to prohibit concealed carrying if they desire. Under the bill as passed, only private venues can opt out, as can college universities with constitutional autonomy.
"While we must vigilantly protect the rights of law-abiding firearm owners, we also must ensure the right of designated public entities to exercise their best discretion in matters of safety and security," Snyder said. "These public venues need clear legal authority to ban firearms on their premises if they see fit to do so."
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