On Thursday, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder vetoed a concealed carry gun bill that would have allowed some with domestic violence restraining orders to carry a concealed pistol.
“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.”
The proposed revision to Michigan state law would have allowed any individuals not explicitly prohibited by a judge from possessing a firearm to legally obtain a concealed pistol license. Currently, anyone with a PPO (personal protective order) issued against him or her cannot carry a concealed weapon.
Domestic violence survivors, alongside gun violence and domestic violence prevention advocates, strongly opposed the bill.