Michigan governor reviewing new gun bill; stance unclear

DETROIT Fri Dec 14, 2012 6:36pm EST

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder holds a news conference to talk about why he signed into law, earlier in the day, right-to-work laws in Lansing, Michigan December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder holds a news conference to talk about why he signed into law, earlier in the day, right-to-work laws in Lansing, Michigan December 11, 2012.

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DETROIT (Reuters) - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is carefully assessing legislation passed late on Thursday that would allow certain gun owners to bring concealed weapons to schools, churches and other areas that are currently gun-free, his office said.

Snyder, a Republican, has not said if he will sign the bill, part of a wider effort to relax Michigan gun laws. His stance was still unclear on Friday after a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school left 26 people dead, including 20 children.

On Friday, Snyder's office said he had been planning to carefully analyze the bill before the shooting. He conveyed his condolences to the victims and families.

"He also said these situations always must and should give pause as they're so tragic," said Sara Wurfel, Snyder's press secretary. "But that we can't jump to conclusions either."

The Michigan House of Representatives passed the bill late on Thursday in a 68-41 vote. The Senate approved it 27-11. It was one of the last bills passed during an especially busy lame-duck session.

Both legislative chambers are dominated by Republicans.

The gun bill allows concealed pistol license holders to carry guns in areas where they are currently barred, provided they get additional training. The bill provides that these places, which also include day care centers and sports stadiums, could still prohibit guns under Michigan trespass laws.

(Reporting by Deepa Seetharaman and Bernie Woodall; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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I suppose the NRA will state that if the 5 year olds carried guns, they could have protected themselves in todays killings. There has to be some controls on weapons or there will be more and more of these massacres.

Dec 14, 2012 7:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
foiegras wrote:
In my little community in America, way down in the Deep South, I read the comments in the local newspaper about the shooting in CT today. The predominant opinions go something like this, “guns don’t kill people, people kill people”, “freedom, the Constitution…”, “big government takeover…”, “stock up on ammo…”.

As we see this country paralyzed – the economy, taxes, fiscal cliff, the safety net, the environment, basic security, inequality, poverty – many of us seem to be unable to recognize the most basic principles necessary to affirm life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It’s become a kind of crazy, Kamikaze world, where freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.

Dec 14, 2012 8:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
borisjimbo wrote:
Now can we call Wayne LaPierre a baby killer?

Dec 14, 2012 9:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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