State Law Background
Among other things, Michigan:
- Requires a handgun purchaser buying from a private seller to have completed a background check pursuant to a handgun purchase permit 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.
In 2015, Michigan ranked 29th among the states in the number of gun deaths per capita. In 2014, 1,093 people died from firearm-related injuries in Michigan. In 2009, Michigan supplied the ninth 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.