LANSING, Mich.—The definition of a pistol would be changed from a firearm with an overall length of 30 inches or less to one of 26 inches or less, according to legislation passed unanimously, 110-0 by the House of Representatives on Wednesday. The three bill package, Senate Bills 760-762, was previously approved in the Senate by a vote of 36-2.
State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, led the effort with fellow Sens. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, and Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township.
Green said the change is needed to clear up confusion among firearm manufacturers, retailers, law enforcement, and gun owners, due to the fact that Michigan’s statutory definition conflicts with the one used in federal law and by most other states.
“I was pleased to hear that the House unanimously concurred with this important piece of legislation,” said Green. “This legislation would amend Michigan’s legal definition of a pistol to make it more uniform with other states and would make it easier for firearms makers, retailers and buyers to do lawful business in this state, especially as it relates to youth hunting firearms and sporting rifles.
“Hunting and recreational shooting contribute a lot to our economy and this legislation will have a positive impact on that industry.”
Federal and state requirements for background checks at the point of purchase will not change, nor will laws concerning concealed pistol license holders who lawfully purchased, registered or carried a firearm as a pistol under the old definition.
The bills are now on their way to the governor for his signature.