Snyder urged to veto gun bill with protection order change

Gov. Rick Snyder at the Women Strengthening Michigan conversation series in Grand Rapids Township. (Oct. 14, 2014)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder is facing increased pressure from female leaders to veto legislation that would let some people subject to personal protection orders carry a concealed gun.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell of Dearborn has written a letter to the Republican governor describing her childhood fear living in a “volatile” domestic situation. She says allowing domestic abusers to have firearms is a “formula for disaster.”

The legislation would abolish county concealed weapon licensing boards and transfer their duties to county clerks or law enforcers.

The provision facing criticism from gun control and anti-domestic violence advocates would let subjects of protection orders get concealed pistol licenses unless the orders specifically restrict gun use.

The bill’s Republican sponsor says critics are spreading “misinformation” and it would merely make various state laws uniform.

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