Governor Snyder Vetoes Gun Bill

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. They also no longer need to get a separate permit if they buy from a federally licensed firearms dealer.

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  • by Steve Location: Dewitt on Dec 30, 2012 at 04:54 AM
    >>why didn't you print my comment written and submitted 12/19? << Same reason there were allegedly 0 posts during the rally down town... WILX, or at least the editor in charge of the comments section is firmly in bed with our Gov. Adolph Snyder
  • by Greg Location: Lansing on Dec 23, 2012 at 04:39 AM
    why didn't you print my comment written and submitted 12/19?
  • by mike Location: lansing on Dec 19, 2012 at 06:45 AM
    This guy has got to go,how much longer?
  • by Name Location: Location on Dec 19, 2012 at 05:17 AM
    I personally wouldn't feel comfortable knowing that multiple people had weapons in a school. If not having weapons in a school is an overreaction, how is arming everyone in the school not the very same thing? School shootings are incredibly rare, and are sensationalized by the media. If the media didn't give them so much air time, people wouldn't decide to do this and go out in a blaze of glory. Many studies have shown that some people specifically go out and commit similar acts of violence after seeing all of the air time situations like these get. Plus, say there's a very basic description of the shooter, like he's a White male, 6". Do you trust a regular person with no law enforcement training whatsoever to not go around to all the White males and just shoot them to make sure?
  • by nemo Location: Lansing on Dec 18, 2012 at 06:42 PM
    I believe it is still legal to open carry, in a school. In fact if this law had been signed you would not have been able to carry at all into a school until you have been issued a new "enhanced" license. I support responsible, willing, adults with firearms in schools. Please make rational, educated choices about firearm ownership and use.
  • by NRA supporter Location: Jackson County on Dec 18, 2012 at 04:10 PM
    Way to go, Governor!!! Hospitals, schools, and daycare centers - exactly the places where our citizens, young and old. are the most vulnerable and need protection. Have any more bright ideas up your sleeve?
  • by RT Location: Lansing on Dec 18, 2012 at 02:57 PM
    Now all the homicidal maniacs know they won't be stopped the next time one of them decides to shoot up a school.
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Dec 18, 2012 at 02:27 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 Lawrence Redmond Location: Concord. Michigan on Dec 18, 2012 at 01:24 PM
    Whatta Wuss. I guess the Gov has no problem keeping Criminal Safe zones in place...and thus keeping innocent citizens in danger unable to defend themselves against deranged individuals who decide to violate the law and immortalize their own names with the media.
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