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Michigan Gun Law: What are Gun Laws in the State of Michigan?

There are strict gun laws enforced in the state of Michigan that regulate the use, possession, and sale of firearms and ammunition in the state of Michigan

The U.S. State of Michigan has numerous laws that regulate the carrying, possession, and ownership of firearms/guns. Generally, all local, federal and state law enforcement agencies and its agents thereof acting in an official capacity are exempt from the firearms regulations of Michigan.

Article 1, Section 6 of the Constitution of Michigan of 1963 reads, "Every person has a right to keep and bear arms for the defense of himself and the state."

A complete list of the state of Michigan's firearms laws can be found in the publication "Firearms Laws of Michigan." This publication is dated October 2013 but does not yet reflect recent changes to the gun laws of Michigan.

Michigan Gun Law

Below is a summary of the gun laws of the state of Michigan by subject/law and the respective rules for long guns and handguns -

Is a state permit required to purchase a gun in Michigan?
For long guns, the state of Michigan does not require a permit for their purchase. Handguns that are not from FFL require a permit for purchase. Gun permits are required for the purchase from an individual if the purchaser does not already have an FFL or a CPL. Gun permits are also required if the transaction of purchase is not conducted through a registered FFL dealer.

 

Gun/Firearm registration in Michigan
Long guns do not have to be registered, but handguns require registration. Some sales of handguns are required to be registered at a local law enforcement agency. However, US citizens already holding a concealed gun/pistol license from another state and the police do not have to have their handguns registered. Owner license is not required for long guns and handguns in the state of Michigan.

Is a license required for concealed carry in Michigan?

Not applicable to long guns. The license is required for the concealed carrying of handguns in the state of Michigan. Michigan is a "shall issue" state for the carrying/possession of a concealed handgun. This means that anyone who is 21 years of age or older may obtain a license to carry a concealed pistol, so long as the person is not prohibited from owning a firearm, and has not been found guilty of any felonies or certain misdemeanors within 3 or 8 years depending upon the charge, and who has completed the state-approved firearms training. 

Michigan Gun Laws

Is a license required for open carry in Michigan?

Open carry is usually permitted in the state of Michigan. A license is not required for open carry of long guns and handguns in Michigan. However, carrying a long gun/handgun in a vehicle in the state of Michigan will require a license.

State pre-emption of local restrictions
There are state pre-emptions of local restrictions for both long guns and handguns in the state of Michigan. The City Township or the Charter Township may restrict the discharge of firearms in the state of Michigan.

Assault weapon laws
There are no assault weapon laws that apply to long guns and handguns in the state of Michigan.

Magazine capacity restrictions
There are no magazine capacity restrictions to long guns and handguns in the state of Michigan.

Are NFA weapons restricted in Michigan?
NFA weapons restrictions do not apply to long guns and handguns in the state of Michigan. Short barreled rifles and shotguns, AOW’s, automatic weapons, and silencers/suppressors are allowed only if they are used in compliance with federal law regulations.

Are background checks required for private sales in Michigan?
Background checks for the private sales of long guns are not required but background checks for the private sales of handguns are required. Any person purchasing a handgun in Michigan must either have a license to purchase a handgun or a license to carry a concealed handgun. Also, a background check will be required to obtain either of these licenses.


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