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Several members of the Michigan House of Representatives are trying to get a head start on the flood of expected anti-gun legislation should HRC win the ticket next month. If you're a Michigander, get on the phone and/or write your representative right now and give them a taste of the push-back they can expect!

This is basically an (excuse the term) assault weapons ban. Under this bill, even grandfathered rifles would have to be registered with the state police (with a fee!), and the owners would be subject to an (at least) annual inspection of their home to verify secure storage. :aargh4: !!!

Michigan Legislature - House Bill 5996 (2016)

HOUSE BILL No. 5996


October 19, 2016, Introduced by Rep. Wittenberg and referred to the Committee on Criminal Justice.

A bill to regulate the manufacture, possession, purchase,

sale, and transfer of assault weapons; to provide certain powers

and duties for certain state and local officials and agencies; to

provide for the promulgation of rules; and to provide penalties.

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

Sec. 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the

"assault weapon regulation act".

Sec. 2. As used in this act:

(a) "Assault weapon" means any of the following:

(i) A semiautomatic pistol or semiautomatic or pump-action

rifle that is capable of accepting a detachable magazine and that

has any of the following features:

(A) If the firearm is a rifle, a pistol grip located rear of

the trigger.

(B) If the firearm is a pistol, a shoulder stock of any type



or configuration including, but not limited to, a folding stock or

a telescoping stock.

(C) A barrel shroud.

(D) A muzzle brake or muzzle compensator.

(E) A feature capable of functioning as a protruding grip that

can be held by the hand that is not the trigger hand.

(ii) A pistol that is capable of accepting a detachable

magazine at any location outside of the pistol grip.

(iii) A semiautomatic pistol or a semiautomatic, center-fire

rifle with a fixed magazine capable of containing more than 10

rounds of ammunition.

(iv) A shotgun that is capable of accepting a detachable

magazine.

(v) A shotgun with a revolving cylinder.

(b) "Barrel shroud" means a covering, other than a slide, that

is attached to, or that substantially or completely encircles the

barrel of, a firearm and that allows the bearer of the firearm to

hold the barrel with the nonshooting hand while firing the firearm

without burning that hand. Barrel shroud does not include an

extension of the stock along the bottom of the barrel if the

extension of the stock does not substantially or completely

encircle the barrel.

(c) "Conversion kit" means a part or combination of parts

designed and intended for use in converting a firearm into an

assault weapon.

(d) "Detachable magazine" means a magazine that delivers 1 or

more ammunition cartridges into the firing chamber and that can be


removed from the firearm without the use of any tool, including a

bullet or ammunition cartridge.

(e) "Muzzle brake" means a device attached to the muzzle of a

firearm that utilizes escaping gas to reduce recoil.

(f) "Muzzle compensator" means a device attached to the muzzle

of a firearm that utilizes escaping gas to control muzzle movement.

Sec. 3. (1) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (3) and

section 4, a person shall not manufacture, possess, purchase, sell,

or otherwise transfer to another person an assault weapon or an

assault weapon conversion kit.

(2) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (4) and section

4, a person shall not possess at the same time, or have under his

or her control at the same time, both of the following:

(a) A semiautomatic or pump-action rifle or semiautomatic

pistol capable of accepting a detachable magazine.

(b) A magazine capable of use with that firearm that contains

more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

(3) Subsection (1) does not apply to any of the following:

(a) A person who possesses an unloaded assault weapon for the

purpose of permanently relinquishing it to a law enforcement agency

in this state pursuant to rules adopted for that purpose by the

department of state police. An assault weapon relinquished under

this subsection shall be turned over to the department of state

police under section 239 of the Michigan penal code, 1931 PA 328,

MCL 750.239, and destroyed.

(b) A licensed manufacturer or licensed dealer who transfers

an assault weapon to a law enforcement agency in this state for use


by that agency or its employees for law enforcement purposes.

(c) A person who possesses an assault weapon that has been

permanently disabled so that it is incapable of discharging a

projectile.

(4) Subsection (2) does not apply to any of the following:

(a) A person lawfully engaged in shooting at a licensed and

lawfully operated shooting range.

(b) A person lawfully participating in a sporting event

officially sanctioned by a club or organization established in

whole or in part for the purpose of sponsoring sport shooting

events.

Sec. 4. (1) A person may continue to possess an assault weapon

that he or she legally possessed on the effective date of this act

if all of the following apply:

(a) The person immediately registers the assault weapon with

the department of state police in compliance with rules adopted for

that purpose by the department of state police.

(b) The person safely and securely stores the assault weapon

in compliance with rules adopted for that purpose by the department

of state police. The department of state police may, not more than

once per year, conduct an administrative inspection of the storage

premises to ensure compliance with this subsection.

(c) The person annually renews the registration of the assault

weapon.

(d) The person possesses the assault weapon only on property

owned or immediately controlled by the person or while engaged in

the legal use of the assault weapon at a licensed shooting range or


while traveling to or from that property or shooting range to

engage in the legal use of the assault weapon if the assault weapon

is stored unloaded and in a separate locked container during

transport.

(2) Notwithstanding any other provision of this act, a person

who, after the effective date of this act, acquires ownership of an

assault weapon by inheritance, bequest, or succession shall, within

30 days after acquiring ownership of the assault weapon, do 1 of

the following:

(a) Comply with all of the requirements of subsection (1).

(b) Relinquish the assault weapon to a law enforcement agency.

(c) Permanently disable the assault weapon so that it is

incapable of discharging a projectile.

(3) The department of state police may charge a fee for each

registration and for each renewal registration under this section.

The fee shall not exceed the actual and reasonable costs incurred

by the department of state police in registering or renewing the

registration of the assault weapon.

Sec. 5. The department of state police shall promulgate rules

pursuant to the administrative procedures act of 1969, 1969 PA 306,

MCL 24.201 to 24.328, to implement this act.

Sec. 6. (1) A person who violates this act is guilty of a

felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 4 years or a

fine of not more than $2,100.00, or both.

(2) The department of state police shall immediately revoke

the registration of each assault weapon owned by a person convicted

of violating this act.
 

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A MI AWB just isn't going to happen...this election cycle. But this is how these things start.
How do you like the requirement for a safe storage facility? Then the MSP can inspect the storage once a year. Current "assault weapons "can be grandfathered in if you pay to register, then renew your registration annually. We callthat "revenue ".

We also have a bill in committee making it a misdemeanor to fail to report stolen ammo within 90 days. You know, all that evidence of bg's stealing ammo from lawful citizens, and then terrorizing the state.
 

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I'm wondering how they are going to inspect my "safe storage". My safe is nowhere near any outside doors or windows, if any state agents (MSP or otherwise) expect to walk around eyeballing my private residence then I'm going to need to see a warrant.

Everyone you meet knows something you don't.
- H. Jackson Brown
 

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You can expect to see that in every State....we have those grand-standers in Ohio as well.

We have this clown in Ohio trying to run for US Senate.

P.G. Sittenfeld on Gun Control
 

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It's a pain in the rear to keep sending emails and making phone calls (especially since you know that they're usually just tallied and not actually read), but elected officials need to be continuously reminded that they're being watched. It's like supervising kindergarteners.
 

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As such progressive politicians as they are would they allow retirement homes to require their residents to sign off their right to sue?

No?

But it's completely fine to have all gun owners sign away their rights?

Yes?

Well then, tar and feathers folks!
 

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I spent most of my life in MI. It is shameful how anti-constitutional they have become.
MI needs a few million more NRA, GOA members to institute Constitutional Carry & outlaw their tired, old Gun Registration oppression..
 

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One man with a gun can control 100 without one. Vladimir Lenin

Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted. Vladimir Lenin

Our program necessarily includes the propaganda of atheism. Vladimir Lenin


The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency. Vladimir Lenin

Sound familiar ?
 

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I'm wondering how they are going to inspect my "safe storage". My safe is nowhere near any outside doors or windows, if any state agents (MSP or otherwise) expect to walk around eyeballing my private residence then I'm going to need to see a warrant.

Everyone you meet knows something you don't.
- H. Jackson Brown
Inspection would be the law, as the bill is drafted now. No warrant needed. When you register your AW, you agree to "proper storage" (which isn't currently defined), and you agree to annual inspections. Owning an AW becomes a privilege with this bill. You could still voluntarily turn it in to a local law enforcement agency with out penalty. :ziplip:

The AWB has no traction in the MI congress. I don't know what is being said about the bill concerning loss of ammunition.
 

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I have to agree with all of the comments posted. These ******** just don't stop with this anti firearm nonsense. I am not in Michigan, but this is rampant everywhere that when a new anti 2nd politician gets into office, they start this gun control crap. But it's not just firearms, it's drilling for oil, coal, fracking, imposed slow speed limits, electric cars, fossil fuel reduction, to large of a soda, use of table salt, acceptance of trans bath rooms, it goes on and on with this BS.
I wish there was somewhere to go to get the heck out of here, but where???? There is no place safe left that to escape these politicians aka fools.
 

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Once again, it is time to RECALL all the stupid idiots and pukes in the State Senate, and House....get the jerks out of office! WE the PEOPLE have the power and we need to do it.
 
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I got a reply from my MI State Representative to the email that I sent to his office. (Henry Yanez-D). The letter said (after listing his voting record regarding 2nd Amendment and hunting related issues, which actually isn't bad), that "the bill has gone to the Committee on Criminal Justice, where it will die. If it did come to a vote (which it won't) I would vote against it."
 
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