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Michigan: Air Gun Reclassification Package Likely Considered for Final Passage this Week

Monday, April 27, 2015

Michigan: Air Gun Reclassification Package Likely Considered for Final Passage this Week

This week, the Air Gun Reclassification Package is expected to receive a vote on final passage in the respective chamber in which each component is currently held.  As previously reported, the Air Gun Reclassification Package is a group of bills, consisting of House Bills 4151, 4152, 4153, 4154, 4155, 4156 and Senate Bill 85, which make changes to Michigan’s definition of a firearm to exclude devices that propel a projectile by air, gas or spring.  Under current Michigan law, most air guns are classified as firearms, and, as such, are subject to the same onerous regulations for their purchase, possession and transfer, as firearms.

SB 85 would align Michigan’s definition of “firearm” with the federal definition; such that “firearm” would be redefined to mean “any weapon which will, is designed to, or may be readily converted to expel a projectile by action of an explosive.”  SB 85 would then create a new definition for air guns.  Grouping air guns under the broader term “pneumatic guns,” to account for certain devices that propel projectiles by action of air, gas or spring, SB 85 would allow for certain local units of government to reasonably regulate the use and possession of “pneumatic guns;” with the exception that these devices cannot be regulated on private property where authorization is given and the possessor takes precautionary measures to ensure that the projectile remains within the bounds of the property.

Please contact your state Senator TODAY and urge him or her to SUPPORT House Bills 4151, 4152, 4153, 4154, 4155, and 4156 when they are brought up on the Senate floor this week.  Please also contact your state Representative TODAY and urge him or her to SUPPORT Senate Bill 85. 

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