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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 2020, Michigan had the 24th-highest gun death rate in the country and supplied crime guns to other states at the 11th-lowest rate. To strengthen its gun laws, Michigan could require background checks on all gun sales, enact an extreme risk protection order law, invest in proven community violence intervention strategies, and strengthen protections for victims of domestic violence and hate crimes.

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


The data is clear: states with stronger gun laws have less gun violence. See how your state compares in our annual ranking.

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We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.