Snyder Vetoes Bill Allowing Concealed Pistols in Schools
The bill would have allowed CPL holders with additional training to carry concealed weapons in gun-free zones, including schools.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has vetoed a bill that would have allowed current CPL (Concealed Pistol License) holders to carry concealed weapons into public schools and sports arenas, according to a report on Michigan Public Radio.
CPL holders can still legally open carry in pistol-free zones, including public schools. Senate Bill 59 would have required current CPL holders to receive an additional eight hours of training and then carry concealed in pistol-free zones.
The Michigan Legislature passed SB59 late last week, but in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, CT, many had called for Snyder to veto the legislation.
David Hecker, Michigan President of American Federation of Teachers (AFT) said in a Friday statement, "We’re aghast that this lame duck legislature thinks it’s a good idea to put MORE guns in our schools, let alone places of worship or sports arenas. ... The House passed SB 59 on Thursday. How dare these lame duck legislators put the safety of students, educators and communities at risk. As our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of (Friday's) tragedy in Connecticut, we call on Governor Snyder to veto this ill-considered bill."
On Monday, Snyder said he would re-evaluate the bill, and on Tuesday, he vetoed it.