Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed two bills backed by the National Rifle Association that could have made it easier for some people accused of domestic violence to obtain a concealed weapon license, the Detroit News reports. Snyder said the bills contained reforms to Michigan’s concealed weapons law that he supports, but included some changes that might inadvertently increase the risk of violence and intimidation faced by domestic abuse victims who seek court protection. “I didn’t feel comfortable with signing these bills with the possibility that … someone that has a protective order on them could essentially go get a concealed weapon,” Snyder said.
One bill contained a provision that would have required authorities to issue a concealed pistol license to someone subject to a personal protection order for domestic violence or stalking unless a judge indicated they were not allowed to purchase or carry a gun. Snyder said the bill would have removed a “blanket protection in cases when the [protection order] fails to specifically address firearms — whatever the reason for the omission — it may increase the risks faced by victims.”