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Michigan House Judiciary Committee to Consider Repeal of Handgun Permit-to-Purchase and Registration

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Michigan House Judiciary Committee is reviewing an important and long-overdue bill that would eliminate the state handgun “permit-to-purchase” and registration requirements. Although a date has not been announced, House Bill 5225 will be heard in the House Judiciary Committee sometime after the spring recess.  Please click here to see the proposed amendment language that will be used as a substitute for HB 5225 when the hearing takes place.

HB 5225, introduced by state Representative Paul Opsommer (R-93), would abolish the bureaucratic “permit to purchase” handguns which became obsolete when the National Instant Criminal Background Check System went into effect in 1998.  Under the current state system, gun buyers must apply with their local law enforcement agency and pass a written test before being authorized to buy a handgun.  This “permit” is valid for only one gun and it expires after ten days.  Since 1998, federal law has required a national criminal records check for the purchase of any firearm from any gun dealer in every state.  Click here to see the proposed amendment language.  Some of the key points of the proposed amendment to HB 5225 are:

    • Repeal the state requirement for someone to ask the police permission to purchase a firearm by traveling to a police station and obtaining a permit to purchase
    • Repeal the requirement to register a completely legally purchased and owned firearm by a law abiding citizen to be registered with the police.
    • Adopt the use of the Federally funded National Criminal Instant Background Check System.
    • It would default to the federal standard of prohibited persons and each purchase would still require a background check
    • It would prohibit convicted felons, people convicted of domestic abuse, and people mentally adjudicated from purchasing firearms
    • It Would cut Michigan’s costs by using the federal instant background check system and eliminate wasted man hours of tracking lawful gun owners in the Michigan.

The NRA has been working diligently to repeal this antiquated and unnecessary obstacle to gun owners and has coordinated with several state Representatives to produce new language for HB 5225.   Two companion bills are also moving through the House: House Bill 5498, sponsored by state Representative Richard LeBlanc (D-18), and House Bill 5499, sponsored by state Representative Ray Franz (R-101).  

This important pro-Second Amendment legislation will be heard before the House Judiciary Committee, most likely in mid-April.  NRA-ILA will keep you updated as details become available.

In the meantime, please contact members of the House Judiciary Committee and respectfully urge them to support HB 5225.  Their contact information is provided here.



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