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Michigan prohibits any person from intentionally making a material false statement on an application for a license to purchase a handgun.1 Moreover, the state prohibits any person from using or attempting to use false identification or the identification of another person to purchase a firearm.2

Michigan also penalizes a private seller who knowingly sells a handgun to a person who has neither a license to purchase a handgun nor a concealed handgun license (both issued only after a background check).3

It is also a felony under Michigan law to sell a firearm or ammunition to a person if the seller knows that the person is under indictment for a felony that is punishable by imprisonment for 4 years or more or that the person is prohibited under Michigan law from possessing, using, transporting, selling, purchasing, carrying, shipping, receiving, or distributing a firearm.4

See the section entitled Universal Background Checks in Michigan for other relevant laws.


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  1. Mich. Comp. Laws Serv. § 750.232a(3).[]
  2. Mich. Comp. Laws Serv. § 750.232a(4).[]
  3. Mich. Comp. Laws. Serv. §§ 28.422, 28.422a(1), 750.223(1).[]
  4. Mich. Comp. Laws Serv. § 750.223(3), (4).[]