Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) has vetoed a bill that would have allow concealed weapons in schools, day care centers, sports arenas, bars, places of worship, hospitals, dorms and casinos.
The Republican governor said in a press release that he seeks a more “thoughtful review” that includes school emergency policies and mental-health-related issues. The governor also ordered a multi-departmental assessment of the state’s services and needs regarding at-risk children.
While the governor rejected Senate Bill 59, he did sign two other bills that streamline the process for handgun purchases and eliminate restrictions on interstate rifle and shotgun transactions to states contiguous to Michigan.
Snyder’s veto primarily is based on the bill’s failure to let designated public entities such as schools, day care centers and hospitals opt out of the new concealed carry provisions. Currently, Michigan law does not prevent a concealed pistol license holder from openly carrying a pistol in these zones.
Snyder had urged that SB 59 be modified to more significantly restrict pistols in those zones by prohibiting open-carry in such places, in exchange for allowing only concealed pistols to be carried if license holders receive additional training – subject to the right of the property owners to prohibit concealed carrying if they desire. Under the bill as passed, only private venues can opt out, as can college universities with constitutional autonomy.