Anti-Snyder Republicans like to claim that Governor Snyder vetoed a bill that was very "Pro 2nd Amendment" in December of 2012, shortly after the Newtown, CT shooting that shocked the nation.
It doesn't seem to be.
The bill, SB59, would have required individuals who can already open carry in certain places to be forced to get a concealed-carry permit just to continue doing what they're already doing.
How is a bill that requires more government red tape "pro 2nd Amendment?" I don't understand that.
Controversial former Mayor of NYC Michael Bloomerg has endorsed Snyder, but that is because of his advocacy for strong legal immigration, and charter schools-it has nothing to do with SB 59.
Writing about the upcoming ads Bloomberg's PAC is doing for Snyder, the Detroit News wrote:
"A male narrator in Independence USA’s ad declares Michigan is “coming
back” and that Snyder is “the governor who put partisanship aside, made
the hard decisions and delivered results.”
The ad’s narrator also
touts “higher graduation rates, more school funding” and more public
charter schools under Snyder’s watch.
As mayor of New York,
Bloomberg advocated for the expansion of charter schools to infuse
competition into the city’s traditional school system.
Snyder signed a law that allowed universities to charter more schools in
the past three years before lifting Michigan’s cap on charter schools
completely in 2015."
Some claim that:
"Ultimately, Gov. Rick Snyder decided to veto SB 59. He
didn't veto it because he's so pro-gun he opposed making it illegal to
open carry in a 28.425o zone, no...not at all. In fact, that language
was added to the legislation at the Governor's insistence."
However, there is absolutely no evidence Snyder interfered in any way. In fact, Snyder has been a friend to gun owners, signing into law protections for gun-owners against media FOIA requests that could put their home address online.
"Gun owners’ information should be protected from unscrupulous media
organizations that print personal information in an effort to ostracize
law-abiding individuals who are simply exercising a constitutional
right," said Chris W. Cox, Executive Director of the National Rifle
Association Institute for Legislative Action.
Collectively, the Firearms Records Confidentiality Package requires
that information submitted to the government for purposes of firearms
licensing, registration and concealed carry permitting be confidential
and not subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.
"On behalf of the NRA's five million members, I would like to thank
Governor Snyder...for ensuring that law-abiding gun owners are protected
from unwarranted scrutiny and discrimination merely for exercising
their fundamental, constitutional right to Keep and Bear Arms,"
Rick Snyder has been a strong advocate for Michigan gun owners, especially in a "blue state" like Michigan.
That's why he wasn't just endorsed by Bloomberg, he was also endorsed by his heated rivals, the NRA... And to think! Susan Demas said Snyder isn't a moderate! :)