Michigan laws allow law-abiding citizens who are 21 and older to buy pistols and some other firearms, as long as they meet specific qualifications and the firearms are legal. When people who are prohibited from possessing firearms try to illegally buy them—or when dealers break the law in selling firearms—serious felony charges can be filed. That means the accused can end up facing the real possibility of prison time and other serious penalties.
Understanding the ins and outs of Michigan laws regarding the legal purchase and sale of firearms is essential for any gun-carrying Michiganders, as well as those accused of violating those laws. So, the following shares important information about when it’s illegal to buy or sell a firearm in Michigan. A 5-star Lansing criminal defense attorney at O’Keefe Law can provide more answers and case-specific advice whenever you need it.
When it comes to buying and selling guns in Michigan, whether or not the sale is legal comes down to these key questions:
Michigan laws bar the following individuals from buying firearms:
In the case of adults (i.e., accused individuals who are at least 18), it doesn’t matter if the firearm is inoperable. If they are prohibited from possessing a gun, buying or having an inoperable firearm can still result in felony charges.
Buying or possessing an illegal weapon can also be grounds for felony charges in Michigan. Specifically, purchasing or attempting to purchase any of the following can result in class F or E felony charges. Upon conviction, they can be punishable by 4 or 5 years in prison (respectively) and/or $2,500 in fines.
Felony charges for buying these weapons can also be brought when a licensed gun dealer sells an illegal weapon. In the case of gun deals, they would likely get their license revoked in addition to having the deal with the criminal charges.
If you or someone you love has been accused of illegally buying or selling a weapon in Michigan, you strong, strategic defense representation if you’re serious about safeguarding your rights and your freedom. You need Lansing Criminal Defense Lawyer Patrick William O’Keefe.
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