Michigan prohibits the manufacture, sale, offer for sale, or possession of a machine gun or any other firearm that “shoots or is designed to shoot automatically more than 1 shot without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger.”1 Note, however, that this prohibition does not apply to a person licensed by the federal government to manufacture, sell, or possess a machine gun.2 Federal law allows private citizens to obtain permission from the federal government to purchase or possess any machine gun lawfully owned prior to May 19, 1986.

The state also generally prohibits any person from knowingly: 1) manufacturing, selling, distributing, or possessing, or attempting to manufacture, sell, distribute, or possess, a device designed or intended to be used to convert a semiautomatic firearm into a fully automatic firearm; or 2) demonstrating to another person, or attempting to demonstrate to another person, how to manufacture or install a device to convert a semiautomatic firearm into a fully automatic firearm.3 A “fully automatic firearm” is a firearm employing gas pressure or force of recoil to mechanically eject an empty cartridge from the firearm after a shot, and to load the next cartridge from the magazine, without renewed pressure on the trigger for each successive shot.4

See our Machine Guns policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Mich. Comp. Laws Serv. § 750.224(1)(a). ⤴︎
  2. Mich. Comp. Laws Serv. § 740.224(3). ⤴︎
  3. Mich. Comp. Laws Serv. § 750.224e(1)(a), (b). ⤴︎
  4. Mich. Comp. Laws Serv. § 750.224e(4)(a). ⤴︎