Michigan has made modest improvements to its gun safety laws in recent years, but can do much more to save lives and prevent shootings.
Michigan does not require a background check for long gun purchases between unlicensed individuals. In 2019, Michigan had the 20th-lowest gun death rate in the country and supplied crime guns to other states at less than half the national rate. To strengthen its gun laws, Michigan could enact an extreme risk protection order law and invest in proven community violence intervention strategies.
What Michigan Does Well
- Partial gun owner licensing
- Lost & stolen firearm reporting
- State database background checks for handguns
- Partial state firearm sale records retention
What Michigan Is Missing
- Universal background checks for long guns
- Extreme risk protection orders
- Most domestic violence gun laws
- Assault weapon restrictions
- Large capacity magazine ban
- Strong concealed carry law
- Open carry regulations
- Child access prevention laws
- Community violence intervention funding
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