Snyder Vetos Bill That Would Allow Guns In Schools, Churches, Hospitals

By: Lindsay Veremis Email
By: Lindsay Veremis Email

Concealed weapons will not be allowed in Michigan schools, churches and hospitals. Governor Rick Snyder vetoed the controversial bill Tuesday afternoon, drawing high praise from some and harsh words from others.

Snyder says he believes public places, like schools and churches, should have a clear legal authority to ban firearms on their property if they see fit.

As written, only private venues and universities with constitutional autonomy had that right, on their private property.

Religious leaders are praising Snyder's decision. Pastors from all over the state were in Lansing Tuesday pushing for a veto.

They call the legislation a step toward safer communties, while advocates for gun rights say the veto does the opposite.

"We think it will make our community safer, our churches safer and provide a sense of security for our children and our whole community," Ben Sandin, a pastor with King of Kings Lutheran Church said.

"The bill would have given Michiganders a better opportunity to defend themselves and their families, which is something that we're all looking to do in times that local governments are cutting police forces," Phillip Hofmeister, with Michigan Open Carry countered.

While the bill may be aimed at preventing violence, like the Newtown shooting, Snyder says Michigan might be better served reviewing mental health needs.

"Seeing how can we provide better services and better consistent services so we can identify where issues really are and help people," he said.

Hofmeister argues the Connecticut tragedy is proof concealed weapons are needed, as protection. He says gun-free zones have become mass killing-zones.

"If you look at every mass killing that's happened in the last decade, decade-and-a-half, all of them with the exception of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting was in one of these pistol free zones, is that a coincidence?" Hofmeister said.

While Snyder vetoed Senate Bill 59, he signed two others involving guns. They streamline the process for buying a handgun. Gun-buyers can now get a permit at any law enforcement agency, not just your local police or sheriff's department and they have 30 days, instead of 10, to take that permit and make a purchase.

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  • by RT Location: Lansing on Jan 1, 2013 at 08:37 AM
    Lee, Kelly, and folks hit the nail right on the head with all of your comments! It's good to know there are still people out there with good sense!
  • by Lee on Dec 21, 2012 at 05:18 AM
    I don't think this will help at all. The real problem is mental illness. That is the problem that needs to be addressed. If these people want to hurt or kill others they will find another way to do it. And guns are obtained illegally every day. All you are doing is limiting the legal guns. This is really a no brainer. People deserve the right to protect themselves.
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Dec 19, 2012 at 02:53 PM
    Thank you, Governer Idiot. You have just made sure that the shooting galleries - the so-called "weapon-free zones" - remain a sanctuary for active shooters who wish to kill without the possibility of anyone shooting back at them. This was a very stupid, very political move.
  • by Greg Location: Lansing on Dec 19, 2012 at 03:58 AM
    I don't think the shooter asked permission, or even check if he could bring the guns to school in Connecticut. I don't think any gang members really care whether we say its ok to carry a gun concealed or otherwise. Chicago has some of the tightest gun laws in the U.S. Criminals don't care. I wish someone who had the legal right to carry would have had one in Connecticut. There would have been fewer deaths. With this veto we are now all victims when a criminal comes to kill in a place where it is illegal to carry.
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