Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) vetoed two bills Thursday that would have made it easier for those living in his state subject to a personal protection order (PPO) to get a concealed pistol license. The National Rifle Association (NRA), who endorsed Snyder during his re-election bid, supported the package.
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In a press release, Snyder argued the bills – SB 789 and SB 790 – would put victims of domestic abuse at risk. “We simply can’t and won’t take the chance of exposing domestic abuse victims to additional violence or intimidation,” he said.
“There are certainly some reforms that can improve the way Michigan issues concealed pistol licenses and we support the rights of law-abiding firearm owners, but it’s crucial that we leave in place protections for people who already have endured challenges and abuse,” Snyder added.
The Michigan Republican said in his veto letter there “were a number of reforms” he supported, but “they also include changes to the concealed pistol licensing requirements that may increase the risks of violence and intimidation faced by victims of domestic abuse who seek protection in court.”
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This move is notable not only because it was made by a Republican, but because Snyder was endorsed by the NRA. However, he was also endorsed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Snyder was re-elected with 51 percent of the vote in November.
The NRA dismissed Snyder’s domestic abuse argument. “Once again, national gun ban groups, led by billionaire Michael Bloomberg, are exploiting the issue of domestic violence to push their extreme agenda,” said Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA).
The statements being made by anti-gun groups about this bill are factually incorrect. The legislation does not expose victims of domestic abuse to any additional risks of violence. The fact is that this bill would have provided victims of domestic violence increased protections against would-be abusers, while protecting our constitutional rights of self-defense and due process.
h/t: The New York Times