Snyder Vetoes Bill That Would Have Allowed Guns in Schools
The legislation would have permitted concealed weapons in gun-free zones such as schools and sports arenas.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has vetoed a bill that would have allowed concealed weapons into public schools and sports arenas, according to a report on Michigan Public Radio.
The Michigan Legislature late last week passed Senate Bill 59 that would have allowed concealed weapons in gun-free zones, but in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, CT, many had called for Snyder to veto the legislation.
Legislators representing Berkley and Huntington Woods voted as follows.
- Rep. Ellen Lipton, D-Huntington Woods, representing the 27th District including Berkley and Huntington Woods: Voted no
- Sen. Vincent Gregory, D-Southfield, representing the 14th District including Huntington Woods: Voted no
- Sen. John Pappageorge, R-Troy, representing the 13th District including Berkley: Voted yes
"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," said David Hecker, Michigan President of American Federation of Teachers (AFT), in a statement Friday. "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 today’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.