Skip to Main Content
Last updated .

Michigan provides criminal liability for a parent of any child under age 18 whose child violates a state firearm-related law while on school property or in a school vehicle, if the parent had custody of the child and: 1) knew the child would commit the violation; or 2) acted to further the violation.1

See the Michigan Dealer Regulations section for requirements that dealers post child safety notices.


Our experts can speak to the full spectrum of gun violence prevention issues. Have a question? Email us at

  1. Mich. Comp. Laws Serv. § 750.235a. Michigan also penalizes any person who, because of carelessness, recklessness or negligence, but not willful or wanton conduct, causes or allows any firearm under his or her immediate control to be discharged and kill or injure another person. Mich. Comp. Laws Serv. § 752.861. This law, however, does not seem to be used to hold individuals responsible for failing to secure a gun under their immediate control if it is accessed by a minor.[]