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Michigan governor vetoes gun legislation

(MICHIGANLIVE) LANSING, MI – Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would have allowed gun owners with extra training to carry concealed handguns into public schools, public arenas and other so-called gun-free zones now off limits.

The Republican governor said the bill would have made a number of necessary reforms to Michigan’s weapons laws, but he decided to veto it because it only went “part way” in lifting the prohibition on carrying concealed weapons into certain zones in exchange for prohibiting the open carry of pistols in those areas.

“Unfortunately, the bill did not allow public schools, day care centers, or public hospitals to prohibit persons from carrying concealed weapons on their premises. For that reason, I am vetoing Senate Bill 59,” Snyder wrote in a letter to the state Senate.