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Civilian Guns

Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

ChartIn Michigan, the percentage of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2004: 41.0%1
2002: 40.3%2
2001: 38.4%3

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In Michigan, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2004: 38.96%4

Proportion of Households with Firearms by Decade

ChartIn Michigan, the percentage of households with one or more guns is estimated to be

2001/2010: 50.0%5 6
1991/2000: 56.9%
1981/1990: 54.6%

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Michigan, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 1,0957
2013: 1,190
2012: 1,222
2011: 1,156
2010: 1,076
2009: 1,095
2008: 1,081
2007: 1,095
2006: 1,157
2005: 1,074
2004: 1,048
2003: 1,030
2002: 1,092
2001: 1,077
2000: 1,071
1999: 1,072

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Michigan, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2014: 11.057
2013: 12.02
2012: 12.36
2011: 11.71
2010: 10.89
2009: 11.06
2008: 10.87
2007: 10.95
2006: 11.53
2005: 10.69
2004: 10.42
2003: 10.26
2002: 10.90
2001: 10.78
2000: 10.78
1999: 10.96

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Michigan, annual homicides by any means total

2013: 6357
2012: 734
2011: 654
2010: 610
2009: 656
2008: 644
2007: 704
2006: 722
2005: 677
2004: 673
2003: 650
2002: 696
2001: 689
2000: 722
1999: 759

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Michigan, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 6.427
2012: 7.43
2011: 6.62
2010: 6.17
2009: 6.63
2008: 6.47
2007: 7.04
2006: 7.19
2005: 6.74
2004: 6.69
2003: 6.47
2002: 6.95
2001: 6.90
2000: 7.26
1999: 7.67

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Michigan, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 4937
2012: 579
2011: 511
2010: 440
2009: 495
2008: 489
2007: 506
2006: 536
2005: 491
2004: 488
2003: 477
2002: 489
2001: 499
2000: 504
1999: 516

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Michigan, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 4.987
2012: 5.86
2011: 5.17
2010: 4.45
2009: 5.00
2008: 4.92
2007: 5.06
2006: 5.34
2005: 4.89
2004: 4.87
2003: 4.75
2002: 4.88
2001: 4.99
2000: 5.07
1999: 5.21

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Michigan, according to figures8 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 2039 10
2012: 309
2011: 267
2010: 239
2009: 239
2008: 165
2007: 180
2006: 208
2005: 195
2004: 364
2003: 324
2002: 355
2001: 340
2000: 231
1999: 198
1998: 200
1997: 235
1996: 225
1995: 284

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Michigan, according to figures11 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 2.0512
2012: 3.13
2011: 2.70
2010: 2.42
2009: 2.41
2008: 1.66
2007: 1.80
2006: 2.07
2005: 1.94
2004: 3.62
2003: 3.23
2002: 3.54
2001: 3.40
2000: 2.32
1999: 2.00
1998: 2.03
1997: 2.40
1996: 2.31
1995: 2.94

Handgun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Michigan, according to figures8 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 12
2008: 12
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Michigan, according to figures11 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Michigan, according to figures14 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 399 10
2012: 55
2011: 44
2010: 39
2009: 44
2008: 24
2007: 55
2006: 54
2005: 58
2004: 45
2003: 38
2002: 59
2001: 60
2000: 42
1999: 51
1998: 64
1997: 78
1996: 70
1995: 99

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Michigan, according to figures15 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.3912
2012: 0.56
2011: 0.45
2010: 0.39
2009: 0.44
2008: 0.24
2007: 0.55
2006: 0.54
2005: 0.58
2004: 0.45
2003: 0.38
2002: 0.59
2001: 0.60
2000: 0.42
1999: 0.52
1998: 0.65
1997: 0.80
1996: 0.71
1995: 1.02

Long Gun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Michigan, according to figures14 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 2113 10
2012: 23
2011: 20
2010: 23
2009: 26
2008: 21
2007: 26
2006: 38
2005: 31
2004: 26
2003: 26
2002: 26
2001: 32
2000: 31
1999: 31

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Michigan, according to figures15 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.2113 10
2012: 0.23
2011: 0.20
2010: 0.23
2009: 0.26
2008: 0.21
2007: 0.26
2006: 0.38
2005: 0.31
2004: 0.26
2003: 0.26
2002: 0.26
2001: 0.32
2000: 0.31
1999: 0.31

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Michigan, according to figures16 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 1989 10
2012: 172
2011: 139
2010: 135
2009: 154
2008: 186
2007: 209
2006: 236
2005: 168
2004: 47
2003: 70
2002: 49
2001: 67
2000: 201
1999: 236
1998: 175
1997: 164
1996: 185
1995: 176

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Michigan, according to figures17 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 2.0012
2012: 1.74
2011: 1.41
2010: 1.37
2009: 1.56
2008: 1.87
2007: 2.09
2006: 2.35
2005: 1.67
2004: 0.47
2003: 0.70
2002: 0.49
2001: 0.67
2000: 2.02
1999: 2.38
1998: 1.78
1997: 1.67
1996: 1.90
1995: 1.82

Gun Homicides (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn Michigan, according to figures16 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 46713 10
2012: 555
2011: 487
2010: 409
2009: 457
2008: 456
2007: 473
2006: 491
2005: 452
2004: 455
2003: 444
2002: 458
2001: 459
2000: 468
1999: 483

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Michigan, according to figures17 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 4.7213 10
2012: 5.62
2011: 4.93
2010: 4.14
2009: 4.62
2008: 4.58
2007: 4.73
2006: 4.89
2005: 4.50
2004: 4.52
2003: 4.42
2002: 4.57
2001: 4.59
2000: 4.71
1999: 4.88

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Michigan, annual suicides by any means total

2013: 1,2957
2012: 1,261
2011: 1,221
2010: 1,263
2009: 1,169
2008: 1,180
2007: 1,131
2006: 1,139
2005: 1,108
2004: 1,098
2003: 1,029
2002: 1,106
2001: 1,051
2000: 974
1999: 974

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Michigan, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 13.097
2012: 12.76
2011: 12.37
2010: 12.78
2009: 11.81
2008: 11.86
2007: 11.31
2006: 11.35
2005: 11.02
2004: 10.92
2003: 10.25
2002: 11.04
2001: 10.52
2000: 9.80
1999: 9.84

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Michigan, annual firearm suicides total

2013: 6747
2012: 623
2011: 619
2010: 601
2009: 575
2008: 570
2007: 558
2006: 598
2005: 554
2004: 532
2003: 523
2002: 578
2001: 542
2000: 531
1999: 542

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Michigan, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 6.817
2012: 6.30
2011: 6.27
2010: 6.08
2009: 5.81
2008: 5.73
2007: 5.58
2006: 5.96
2005: 5.51
2004: 5.29
2003: 5.21
2002: 5.77
2001: 5.42
2000: 5.34
1999: 5.48

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Michigan, annual handgun suicides total

2013: 9513
2012: 84
2011: 92
2010: 73
2009: 76
2008: 74
2007: 61
2006: 74
2005: 44
2004: 31
2003: 27
2002: 19
2001: 20
2000: 17
1999: 24

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Michigan, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.9613
2012: 0.85
2011: 0.93
2010: 0.74
2009: 0.77
2008: 0.74
2007: 0.61
2006: 0.74
2005: 0.44
2004: 0.31
2003: 0.27
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.20
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.24

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Michigan, the number of long gun suicides is

2013: 12813
2012: 137
2011: 135
2010: 125
2009: 133
2008: 134
2007: 143
2006: 134
2005: 138
2004: 136
2003: 111
2002: 126
2001: 104
2000: 120
1999: 124

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Michigan, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 1.2913
2012: 1.39
2011: 1.37
2010: 1.26
2009: 1.34
2008: 1.35
2007: 1.43
2006: 1.34
2005: 1.37
2004: 1.35
2003: 1.11
2002: 1.26
2001: 1.04
2000: 1.21
1999: 1.25

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Michigan, annual gun suicides (other) total

2013: 45113
2012: 402
2011: 392
2010: 403
2009: 366
2008: 362
2007: 354
2006: 390
2005: 372
2004: 365
2003: 385
2002: 433
2001: 418
2000: 394
1999: 394

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Michigan, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 4.5613
2012: 4.07
2011: 3.97
2010: 4.08
2009: 3.70
2008: 3.64
2007: 3.54
2006: 3.89
2005: 3.70
2004: 3.63
2003: 3.83
2002: 4.32
2001: 4.18
2000: 3.96
1999: 3.98

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Michigan, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2013: 107
2011: 12
2010: 16
2009: 12
2008: 11
2007: 12
2006: 11
2005: 15
2004: 14
2003: 9
2002: 11
2001: 14
2000: 16
1999: 14

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Michigan, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.107
2011: 0.12
2010: 0.16
2009: 0.12
2008: 0.11
2007: 0.12
2006: 0.11
2005: 0.15
2004: 0.14
2003: 0.09
2002: 0.11
2001: 0.14
2000: 0.16
1999: 0.14

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Michigan, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Michigan, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Michigan, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Michigan, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Michigan, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 15
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 10
2004: 12
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 10
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Michigan, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Michigan, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 8
2006: 6
2005: 4
2004: 9
2003: 10
2002: 6
2001: 8
2000: 6
1999: 7

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Michigan, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)7
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.08
2006: 0.06
2005: 0.04
2004: 0.09
2003: 0.10
2002: 0.06
2001: 0.08
2000: 0.06
1999: 0.07

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Michigan, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Michigan, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Michigan, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Michigan, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Michigan, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Michigan, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Justifiable Gun Homicides

ChartIn Michigan, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 4218
2010: 30
2009: 23
2008: 1019
2007: 20
2006: 18
2005: 2
2004: 19
2003: 29
2002: 11
2001: 2520
2000: 33
1999: 21
1998: 29
1997: 25
1996: 33
1995: 42

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Origin of Crime Guns

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rate)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, interstate gun traffickers had sourced their weapons from Michigan at a rate of 6.921 per 100,000 inhabitants

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rank)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, Michigan ranked at No. 4221 out of 51 US jurisdictions as a source of weapons for interstate gun trafficking

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Michigan is categorised as permissive22

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Michigan includes the Michigan Compiled Laws and the Constitution of Michigan 196323

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Michigan are regulated by the State of Michigan (with some exceptions for local governments)24 25 26

Right to Possess Firearms

In Michigan, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,27 as limited by federal law28 and state law29 25 26

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Michigan, civilians are not allowed to possess machine guns, unless possessed prior to 19 May 1986,30 but civilians are allowed to possess assault weapons,31 .50 calibre rifles32 and large capacity ammunition magazines33 25 26

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Michigan, private possession of fully automatic weapons is permitted subject to federal licensing and registration30 34 25 26

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Michigan, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted without a licence31 25 26

Regulation of Handguns

In Michigan, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted with a permit to acquire handguns35 36 25 26

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Michigan, non-prohibited persons of minimum age (but a purchase licence is required for handguns)36 35 25 26 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Michigan is 18 years37 25 26

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a permit to acquire handguns in Michigan, being a federally non-disqualified individual,38 39 must pass additional background checks which consider criminal, mental health, and domestic violence36 40 25 26 records

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Michigan stipulates (for handguns only)40 25 26 that firearm possession should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Michigan, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required for handguns35 25 26

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Michigan, the law requires (all handgun licences and all retail sales kept on permanent record)41 25 26 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Michigan, licensed firearm dealers are required42 25 26 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Michigan, the private sale and transfer of firearms is permitted43 25 26

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Michigan, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is not unlawful44 25 26

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Michigan is obliged (for handguns only)45 43 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Michigan is obliged45 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Michigan, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is not limited46 25 26

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

ChartThe number of licensed firearm dealers in Michigan is reported to be

2015: 4,26247
2014: 4,35048
2013: 4,36649
2012: 4,17750
2011: 4,05551

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Michigan, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined52 25 26

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Michigan, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated53 25 26 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Michigan do not include54 35 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private guns and ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in Michigan do not include55 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Michigan include54 56 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Michigan, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law57 58 59 60 25 26

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Michigan, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not61 25 26 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Michigan, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed without a permit62 25 26

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Michigan, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit63 25 26

Hidden Handgun Permit May, or Shall Be Issued

In Michigan, local licensing authorities "shall issue", without room for discretion,63 64 25 26 a hidden handgun carry permit to any non-prohibited person who applies

Reciprocity for Hidden Handgun Permit Holders

In Michigan, gun owners with a permit to carry hidden handguns issued in another jurisdiction are granted (recognises all states)63 25 26 reciprocal rights

Exempting Hidden Handgun Permit Holders from Background Checks

In Michigan, gun owners with a valid permit to carry a hidden handgun are exempt65 25 26 from background checks when buying from a licensed gun dealer

Gun Free Zones

In Michigan, private guns are prohibited in universities, care facilities (children), sports arenas or stadiums, bars, churches, entertainment facilities seating 2,500 or more, 'certain sterile areas' in airports, any private business prohibiting firearms, hospitals,66 vehicles (loaded, exposed firearms)56 and schools67 25 26

Grading US State Gun Laws

Gun Law Ranking – LCPGV

In their 'A-F' State Scorecard of US gun laws, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranked Michigan as ‘C’68

Gun Law Ranking – Brady Campaign

ChartIn its annual State Scorecard, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence scored firearm legislation in Michigan on a scale of 0 points (weak) to 100 points (strong)

2011: 2569
2010: 2570
2009: 2371
2008: 2272
2007: 2273

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked Michigan at No. 1474 among 50 US States


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