NRA Explore
APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

Michigan: Time Running Out to Repeal State Handgun Registration and Permit System

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Michigan Legislature returned yesterday for the last few weeks of their 2012 legislative session with several pro-gun bills still pending consideration.  House Bill 5225 and its companion bills, legislation that would eliminate the state handgun “permit-to-purchase” and registration requirements in Michigan, have been languishing in the state Senate for months, so your state Senator and the Senate leadership need to hear from gun owners across Michigan today!  Since the state House passed HB 5225 back in June, the Michigan Senate is the only remaining obstacle to getting this vital bill to the Governor.

HB 5225 has faced increased opposition by the Michigan State Police (MSP).  MSP, never friendly to pro-gun reforms (including the current state Right-to-Carry law), has even proposed a number of crippling amendments to HB 5225 that would perpetuate Michigan’s antiquated registration system in the event that they are unable to stop its passage.  Please contact your state Senator and Governor Rick Snyder TODAY and tell them to stop holding up this critical reform and act soon to protect your gun rights.  Respectfully urge them to reject any hostile amendments to HB 5225, and to end Michigan's costly and unnecessary gun registration scheme as well as the onerous handgun purchase permit process.

The MSP has made its position clear and insists on maintaining records of handguns purchased legally by law-abiding citizens in Michigan.  In essence, the MSP wants to have easy access to a list of guns owned by honest people like YOU.  The MSP continually ignores the fact that criminals do not buy guns at retail stores and criminals do not register their firearms.  This gun control scheme has failed to prevent the violence in Detroit and Flint, two of the top five most violent cities in America.  Guns misused in a crime can be and are traced in the forty states without such a permit-to-purchase/registration requirement.  In fact, last year alone over 5,000 firearms recovered in Michigan were run through the federal trace system.

HB 5225, introduced by state Representative Paul Opsommer (R-93), would abolish the bureaucratic “permit-to-purchase” for handguns.  This system became obsolete when the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) took effect in 1998.  Under the current state system, gun buyers must apply with their local law enforcement agency 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 licensed gun dealer in every state.   Accordingly, the state-required "permit" is duplicative, wasteful and antiquated.  This legislative package includes two companion bills House Bill 5498, sponsored by state Representative Richard LeBlanc (D-18), and House Bill 5499, sponsored by state Representative Ray Franz (R-101).

In June, this package of bills passed in the Michigan House of Representatives by an overwhelming 74 to 36 vote.  It also passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee and now awaits consideration by the state Senate.  All indications are that HB 5225 enjoys supermajority support in the Senate.  There is no doubt that the state Senate will pass HB 5225 by a wide margin when they vote on it.  However, Michigan's first-term Governor has asked Senate leaders to hold this bill, thus delaying and preventing critical final action on this important Second Amendment legislation.  Because the Michigan Legislature has few remaining working days before the end of this year, this stall tactic will almost guarantee the bill's demise.

It is extremely urgent that you contact your state Senator and especially Governor Rick Snyder today and respectfully urge them to end Michigan's costly and unnecessary gun registration scheme as well as the onerous handgun purchase permit process.  This is an historic opportunity to repeal longstanding gun control that only the most restrictive anti-gun states currently have.  Please act TODAY to ensure that Governor Snyder does not ignore Michigan gun owners.  It is now or never.

In 2010, gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder did not answer the NRA's state candidate questionnaire, so his position on this vital legislation is unknown.

To find your state Senator please click here.

Governor Rick Snyder

(517) 373-3400

(517) 335-7858                                                                                                   

To e-mail Governor Snyder, please click here.



Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Appropriations Act Signed Into Law With Important Pro-Second Amendment Provisions

On Wednesday, November 25, the President signed S. 1356, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 into law. Included in the bill were some very important pro-gun provisions that represent the culmination of long-term efforts by ...


Friday, May 15, 2015

Obama Administration Opposes CMP Handgun Sales

The House of Representatives has approved Congressman Mike D. Rogers’ amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which—if accepted in ...

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered ...


Friday, November 20, 2015

“F” Stands for Fail: Gun Turn-in Event Nets a Stack of Paper Pledges and Some Surplus Sporting Goods

Recently, we reported on Hillary Clinton’s praise for local firearm “buyback” events and her view that forcing Americans to participate ...


Friday, November 27, 2015

President Obama Signs NRA-Backed Measures into Law

President Barack Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). It includes several NRA-backed provisions -- expanding gun rights on stateside military bases; prohibiting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from banning traditional ammunition; and saving taxpayer dollars ...


Friday, November 20, 2015

Anti-gun Politicians, Media Exploit Paris Attacks in “Terrorist Gap” Rehash

The Paris terrorist attacks were not easily pinned on America’s supposedly lax gun laws or the NRA, but ...


Friday, November 20, 2015

Brussels Pushes Gun Control in Wake of Paris Attacks

On November 18, the European Commission expedited a plan to overhaul the European Union’s already restrictive gun control laws. The ...


Friday, November 20, 2015

Overwhelming 81 Percent of Current and Former Military have Unfavorable View of Clinton

More bad news for Hillary Clinton. Coming off the heels of survey results that found the former Secretary ...

Washington Times  

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

White House to GOP: Worry about gun control

The White House said Monday that Republicans concerned about Syrian refugees waging terrorist attacks in the U.S. should focus their energy instead on banning guns sales to people on the government’s terrorist watch list.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Michigan: Governor Snyder Signs Firearm Inheritance Protection Act

Today, November 24, Governor Rick Snyder (R) signed Senate Bills 225 and 226.


Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.