Michigan State Senate Committee Approves Bill to Remove Ban on Short Barreled Rifles & Shotguns

November 18 2013
by GSL Staff
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pws-mk110ra1b-1According to MLive.com, the Michigan State Senate Judiciary Committee has voted, unanimously, to lift the state’s current ban on short barreled rifles and shotguns.

The bill still has quite a few steps before it becomes law. It must pass a senate floor vote, a vote in the house, and be signed by the state’s governor.

If the bill does become law, Michigan residents will be able to legally purchase these restricted weapons.

Short barreled rifles and shotguns in the state would still be controlled by the current federal laws which require buyers to pay a $200 tax, fill out forms with the ATF, get local law enforcement approval, and maintain proper paperwork on all NFA restricted firearms (some of these restrictions are waived for corporations or trusts purchasing such firearms).

Here is a press released from the NRA-ILA on the issue,

This week, the Michigan Senate is expected to vote on Senate Bill 610, legislation that would lift Michigan’s ban on the private ownership of short-barreled rifles and shotguns. SB 610, sponsored by state Senator Michael Green (R-31), passed unanimously in the Senate Judiciary Committee last month. It is important that you contact your state Senator TODAY and urge him or her to vote for Senate Bill 610.

Short-barreled rifles and shotguns are already strictly regulated under the National Firearms Act, requiring their buyers to undergo a background investigation, pay a $200 tax and register these firearms with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. SB 610 would conform Michigan law to federal law and align Michigan with more than 40 other states that already allow their residents to possess these firearms.

Contact your state Senator and urge him or her to vote for Senate Bill 610 and help repeal this long-standing state gun ban.

You can find your state senator, if you’re a Michigan resident, at this link.

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