Michigan to Ease Short-Barrel Ban
Michigan to Ease Short-Barrel Ban

Michigan to Ease Short-Barrel Ban

Michigan to ease short-barrel ban after the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved legislation to allow authorized residents to own such guns.

Michigan to ease short-barrel ban after the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved legislation sponsored by state Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, that would align Michigan with more than 40 other states by allowing residents to own such guns if they meet federal requirements.

Current law prohibits a person from manufacturing, selling, offering for sale or possessing a short-barreled shotgun or rifle in Michigan. There is an exception allowing ownership of an antique gun unlikely to be used as a weapon.

“In Michigan, only people who wish to spend a considerable amount of money to own an antique version of this firearm may own them,” said Robert Ianni of the Michigan Attorney General’s Office, “but if you want a replica of that antique, you can’t buy one. In reality, it’s the law itself that is an antique.”

Ianni pointed out that sawed-off shotguns would still be prohibited under Green’s legislation, which the attorney general’s office supports.

Read more at http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/10/michigan_senate_panel_approves_2.html.

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