LANSING, Mich.— On Wednesday, Sen. Mike Green testified in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Senate Bill 60, legislation he sponsored that would clarify the definition of a “federally licensed firearms dealer” under state law.
“Pistol purchase permit reforms passed last year cannot be fully implemented in our state because of a technical definition in state law,” said Green, R-Mayville. “My bill will clarify the law and remove unintended obstacles to the exercise of the Second Amendment in an industry that supports thousands of jobs in Michigan.”
The permit reforms were a part of Public Act 377 of 2012, which eliminated the state requirement to obtain a pistol purchase permit when buying from a licensed dealer. That requirement became redundant several years ago when comprehensive national background checks became mandatory for all firearms purchases.
Although intended to be industry-wide, the reforms only applied to certain firearms retailers because of an obscure, outdated definition in state law of a licensed dealer. The technicality has caused widespread confusion among law enforcement, firearms retailers and consumers.
Green’s legislation changes the definition to include any retailer licensed under federal law to sell firearms. It does not affect state or federal background check requirements for purchasing a firearm in any way.
The Senate Judiciary Committee reported the bill to the full Senate unanimously, with the support of gun owner groups, the Michigan State Police and firearms retailers.
For more information or to contact Green, please visit www.statesenatormikegreen.com or call toll-free at 1-866-305-2131. The 31st Senate district includes the counties of Arenac, Bay, Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola.