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Senate Re-Introduces "Guns in Schools Legislation"


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Pro-gun forces in the Michigan legislature will re-introduce the so-called "Guns in Schools Legislation" that the governor vetoed last year. Sponsors are promising to revamp it and the Synder administration is saying it is willing to revisit the gun issue.

Governor Rick Snyder vetoed the original Guns in Schools Legislation because it didn't allow schools, day care centers, hospitals and sports facilities to opt out of the law to ban guns. But members of the Senate are talking to re-introduce the measure next week with some changes.

"The conversation could be opened again to accommodate the reasons the governor vetoed it in the first place," said Lt. Governor Brian Calley.

The death of the students in that Connecticut school still hangs over this debate, but the sponsor says his bill could have saved lives.

"The principal, who threw herself at the gun guy, that fixed nothing except it killed her. Why not let her stand 20 feet away from him, pull out a gun and shoot the guy? She'd had a better chance and she would have saved a whole lot of kids," said Senator Mike Green, the bill's sponsor.

"I dont think we want to turn our teachers into armed guards. They are there to teach our kids and the idea that we want to send our school personnel in the schools with guns is very scary to me," argues Senator Rebekah Warren.

Meanwhile, a senate committee has voted to exempt guns made in Michigan from any new federal laws to control weapons.

"We're a sovereign state and why do we have to do every stinking little thing that the federal government tells us to do?" questions Senator Mike Green.

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