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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Law - "Michigan Governor Vetoes Gun Bill"

The WSJ Law Blog reported last evening:

Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed a controversial bill Tuesday that would have allowed concealed weapons to be carried into public spaces including schools, day-care centers and hospitals.

The bill was passed by the GOP majority last week in the waning hours of the state legislature’s lame-duck session. Mr. Snyder, who received national attention for signing so-called right-to-work legislation last week, said in an interview Monday that he had reservations about the bill because it may have given schools and other institution no choice but to allow highly trained holders of concealed weapons to enter.

ILB: Indiana passed a similar bill in 2011. It is located at IC 35-47-11.1, "Local Regulation of Firearms, Ammunition, and Firearm Accessories." It was referred to by some opponents at the time as the "Take your gun to the library" bill. From a news description at the time:
Senate Bill 292 essentially prohibits local governments, libraries and mass transit systems from regulating guns in any manner. That would eliminate prohibitions against guns in most municipal buildings and public parks.

State law prohibiting guns on school grounds would stand. And the bill doesn't prohibit state regulations on guns, such as state rules passed in 2007 banning guns from the Statehouse and adjoining government center, though lawmakers get an exception.

There's another exception for buildings with courts.

The prohibition against guns in schools is not in SB 292, it is IC 35-47-9.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 19, 2012 09:10 AM
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