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Purchasing A Pistol In Michigan – General Requirements

Purchasing A Pistol In Michigan

Those individuals purchasing a pistol in Michigan should read the following:

The State of Michigan requires that a person shall not purchase, carry, or transport a pistol without first obtaining a license for such pistol. These licenses can be obtained at the local police department or the sheriff?s department. However, there is an exception to the general rule requiring a license for purchasing a pistol in Michigan.

Those individuals who already have a concealed weapon permit or are a federally licensed firearms dealer are not required to obtain a license prior to purchasing a pistol in Michigan. This exception can be seen as being pre-registered. Meaning, they have already obtained clearance to carry and possess this type of firearm.

Individuals who are not residents of Michigan may not have to obtain a license if all of the following apply:

The individual is licensed in his or her state of residence to purchase, carry, or transport a pistol; the individual is the owner of the pistol he or she possesses, carries, or transports; the individual has in his or her possession the license from the other state, as discussed above; the individual possesses the pistol for a lawful purpose as defined by MCL 750.231a; and the individual is in this state for a period of 180 days or less and does not intend to establish residency in Michigan.

If there is a showing, through probable cause, that the applicant is a threat to him- or her-self or another individual then he or she will not be granted a license for purchasing a pistol in Michigan. This is looking at protecting those individual who may have an outburst in the future. Even though Michigan is one of the more liberal state here in America when it comes to firearms and firearm possession, Michigan is still concerned with protecting its citizens from individuals who should not possess or own a firearm.

Moreover, the following will also bar an individual from purchasing a pistol in Michigan or obtaining a license to purchase such a firearm:

  • Under indictment for or have been convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year
  • Fugitive of justice
  • Unlawful user of, or addicted to, any controlled substance (convicted, of possession within last year, multiple arrests for possession within the past five years if most recent arrest occurred within the past year, or positive drug test within last year)
  • Adjudicated as mental defective or been committed to any mental institution?; Alien and is illegally or unlawfully in the U.S. (alien without permanent residence status) Dishonorably discharged from the military?Formally renounced U.S. citizenship
  • Subject to a court order prohibiting harassing, stalking, or threatening of an intimate partner or child of such intimate partner or from engaging in other conduct that would place the partner or child in reasonable fear of bodily injury.

If you are charged with a criminal misdemeanor or felony involving a firearm or any other circumstance contact Josh Jones today for your free consultation. He is available 7-days a week and handles all criminal matters and specializes in marijuana defense. Know the law, maintain your rights, and lawyer-up.

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