Michigan prohibits any person from intentionally making a material false statement on an application for a license to purchase a handgun.1 Moreover, the state prohibits any person from using or attempting to use false identification or the identification of another person to purchase a firearm.2
Michigan also penalizes a private seller who knowingly sells a handgun to a person who has neither a license to purchase a handgun nor a concealed handgun license (both issued only after a background check).3
It is also a felony under Michigan law to sell a firearm or ammunition to a person if the seller knows that the person is under indictment for a felony that is punishable by imprisonment for 4 years or more or that the person is prohibited under Michigan law from possessing, using, transporting, selling, purchasing, carrying, shipping, receiving, or distributing a firearm.4
See the section entitled Private Sales in Michigan for other relevant laws.
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