Snyder Vetoes Concealed Gun Bill

Dec 18, 2012

Governor Rick Snyder has vetoed legislation that would have allowed people with concealed pistol permits to carry their guns in school buildings. 

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The bill would have eliminated gun-free zones – such as schools and daycare centers – for people with concealed pistol permits and some enhanced training. The sponsors say allowing concealed weapons would make those places safer. Governor Snyder says he never bought into that argument, and that schools ought to be able to ban guns.

He says the Connecticut school shooting reinforced his thinking.

“Even before this terrible tragedy, I had serious issues with this bill,” he says.

Michigan allows people to openly carry firearms in public places where they are not expressly forbidden. Principals and administrators do still have wide authority to control who and what is allowed in a school building.