Governor vetoes gun bill criticized by women’s groups

By PAUL EGAN

Detroit Free Press

LANSING (TNS) — Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday vetoed a controversial bill that pitted gun rights groups against advocates for victims of domestic violence.

Snyder’s veto of Senate Bill 789 was one of several significant bill signings and vetoes he announced Thursday, with time running out for him to either sign or veto many of the bills passed during the lame-duck legislative session in December.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, would have eliminated county gun boards and made Michigan a true “shall-issue” state for concealed weapons permits.

Among the controversial provisions of SB 789 was one — first highlighted by the Free Press last week — that said concealed weapons permits must be issued, even to persons subject to personal protection orders for domestic violence or stalking, provided they would otherwise be eligible for a permit and a ban on obtaining a gun is not a condition of their personal protection orders.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn and U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, had urged Snyder to veto the legislation, saying it potentially could help put firearms in the hands of domestic abusers. Several women’s groups and former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was among the victims of a 2011 shooting incident in Arizona, had also spoken out against the bill.

But groups such as the National Rifle Association said the fears were overblown and noted anyone with a felony conviction for domestic abuse would be ineligible for a concealed pistol license.

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