Gov. Snyder giving Mich.'s expanded open carry bill 'extra consideration' after Newtown tragedy

Published On: Dec 17 2012 03:18:52 PM EST
Updated On: Dec 17 2012 03:31:43 PM EST
LANSING, Mich. -

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he's giving close scrutiny to gun legislation that would allow concealed weapons in churches and schools.

Watch: Snyder holding off on signing concealed-carry bill.

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.

~Parents of Sandy Hook Elementary School students arrive at the school after shooting.~

Read: Texas congressman: Principal should have been armed.

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 Barack 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.

Read: Supreme Court fight looms over right to carry a gun.