Posted on January 2, 2012
Last updated December 9, 2013
In our publication 2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter, the Law Center ranked each state based on a review of state laws in 30 different firearms-related policy areas. Michigan ranked 14th out of 50 – having enacted some violence prevention laws.
In 2013, the Michigan legislature enacted new laws that relate to firearms. These new laws are described below.
Laws that Weaken Gun Regulation
|MI S 60||Exempts all FFL’s (instead of only class 01 FFL’s) from handgun purchase permit requirement.|
Among other things, Michigan:
- Requires a handgun purchaser to first complete a safety questionnaire, undergo a background check, and obtain a handgun purchase permit, valid for 10 days, or a concealed handgun license;
- Requires the reporting of handgun purchases to law enforcement; and
- Requires firearm owners to report the theft (but not the loss) of any firearm.
Michigan does not, however:
- Prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles or large capacity ammunition magazines;
- Impose licensing or background check requirements on long gun purchasers;
- Require firearms dealers to obtain a state license;
- Impose a waiting period prior to the physical transfer of a firearm;
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
- Regulate unsafe handguns;
- Allow local governments to regulate firearms; or
- Allow law enforcement discretion to deny a concealed handgun license.
Michigan ranks 23rd among the states in number of gun deaths per capita. In 2009, 1,095 people died from firearm-related injuries in Michigan. In 2009, Michigan supplied the tenth lowest number of crime guns to other states per capita, and the state imports more crime guns than it exports.
Michigan Firearms Laws
For details about specific firearms laws in Michigan, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.