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Michigan's Gun Law 'Misunderstood'


Vice President Joe Biden said the president is determined to take action against gun control. He may sign an executive order changing the nation's gun laws without Congress. Biden made the statement at the first Gun Control Task Force meeting Wednesday. White House officials met with gun safety organizations and groups representing victims of gun violence, looking for ways to prevent mass shootings.

Some of the gun control talks have spiked an interest in Concealed Pistol License (CPL) classes, which according to Tri-State Lead Instructor Joe Merignac, are booked until March. "We are busy. We appreciate the business," said Merignac. "We're averaging between 100 to 300 e-mails a day."

He says more and more people are interested in getting their CPL's because they want to learn the state's gun laws.

Michigan State Police Trooper Amy Dehner says Public Act 377, enacted in December 2012, now makes the buying process easier. "The most important change is now when you go to a federally licensed firearm dealer, there's no longer a requirement for license to purchase. It makes it a little more efficient for the gun buyer, they don't have to make multiple trips which they did under previous law," said Trooper Dehner.

Public Act 377 is listed on the State Police website, but it takes a while to read and is full of legal jargon. That's why police say it's one of the most misunderstood laws. Dehner says if you have questions, don't hesitate to contact police.

Quick help from Sergeant Chris Hawkins, the legislative liaison with Michigan State Police:

  • It is illegal to posses any fully automatic weapon in the state of Michigan.
  • Owning a semi-automatic firearm or often referred to as an assault rifle, is legal, but you must be at least 18-years-old to buy one.
  • Under state law, no state or federal background check is needed if you buy a long gun from a private dealer.

For more information about Michigan's gun laws, visit Seen on 6.

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