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Snyder Vetoes Bill That Would Have Allowed Guns in Schools

Clinton Township's Republican legislators supported the bill that would have allowed 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 passed Senate Bill 59 late last week 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.

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 today’s tragedy in Connecticut, we call on Governor Snyder to veto this ill-considered bill."

Clinton Township Rep. Anthony Forlini (R-District 24) voted in favor of the legislation when it passed the House Dec. 13, while state Sen. Tory Rocca (R-District 10) supported the bill in the Senate days earlier.

Of Clinton Township's elected state representatives, only Democrat Marilyn Lane, who serves District 31, opposed the legislation.

On Monday, Snyder said he would re-evaluate the bill, and on Tuesday, he vetoed it.

Public school districts across Clinton Township have tightened their security this week in response to the Sandy Hook massacre. It is unknown if these modified policies will remain in effect when students return from holiday break in January 2013.

after administrators learned of an anonymous gun threat posted on a bathroom wall. The threat was determined to be false. 

Jenny Whalen December 19, 2012 at 02:24 PM
While I do agree that much more attention has to be given to the mental health resources in this country, I think it's time we really take a good hard look at the issue of gun control. I'm not saying everybody has to give up their guns. But would a few less military-grade assault rifles on the streets really be a bad thing? Hunters can still hunt and those who wish to have a gun in their home for protection are protected under the Second Amendment. But anything that acts like a machine gun belongs in war and in 1920s gangster films. That's it.

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