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Snyder's plan to improve school safety steers clear of gun control

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Governor Rick Snyder released a plan Monday to improve school safety following the Parkland, Florida shootings.

The plan calls for boosting security at hundreds of schools, and expanding an anti-bullying tip line. A task force would also come up with more ways to improve school safety between now and the end of the year, when Governor Snyder steps down.

Snyder says these are things he believes could result in a consensus in Lansing.

The proposal also includes more active-shooter training for law enforcement, but does not include any plans directly related to guns.

The governor says he intentionally stayed away from the debate over firearms.

“I don’t want to take the issue of guns too early in this process because it could take away from all the good things we can do," said Snyder. “There’s a whole other series of issues that involve guns in some fashion that tend to have great controversy, that are very polarizing, and, as you know, if you put them all out at the same time, nothing may happen and the good things may get left behind.”

The governor has expressed interest in the past in a so-called “red flag” law that would remove guns from people who are deemed a threat – while also limiting access to some semi-automatic weapons.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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