Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder / Detroit Free Press file photo
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he's giving close scrutiny to gun legislation that would allow concealed weapons in churches and schools.
Snyder tells The Associated Press during an interview Monday that his public safety concerns have been heightened and "deserve extra consideration" following a mass shooting that left 26 people -- including 20 children -- dead at a Connecticut elementary school.
The bill sent to the Republican governor by the GOP-controlled Legislature would allow someone who gets extra training to have a concealed weapon in a gun-free zone.
It also would put county sheriffs in charge of concealed-weapons applications instead of local boards.
President Obama on Sunday pledged to seek change in memory of those ruthlessly slain by the gunman packing a high-powered rifle in Friday's mass shooting.
WZZM 13's Peter Ross moderated a debate Monday between two West Michigan lawmakers on the gun bill. You can watch it on WZZM 13 News at 6 p.m.