UPDATE: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) did veto the bill to allow concealed weapons in schools and other public venues. State Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D) said, “I am thankful that common sense has prevailed and that Gov. Snyder has vetoed this terribly misguided legislation.”
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder today will veto a just-passed bill that allows licensed concealed weapons permit holders to carry their weapons into current “gun-free zones” such as schools, churches, arenas, hospitals and other specified locations.
In a letter to Snyder following the Connecticut school shooting where 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, AFT President Randi Weingarten and Michigan AFT President David Hecker wrote Snyder and urged him to veto the legislation.
Firearms have absolutely no place in our schools—the Dec. 14, 2012, tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., is a chilling and heartbreaking reminder of this.
The bill was approved in the controversial lame-duck session that also saw Republican lawmakers ram through a “right to work” for less bill, revised “financial martial law” legislation after voters repealed an earlier version, a voter suppression measure and other legislation.
Also today, the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) urged President Obama to create a national task force on school safety and security and to make school safety a national priority. Sandy Hook Principal Dawn Hochsprung, an AFSA member, was one of the victims.