SB-0963, As Passed Senate, September 24, 2014
SENATE BILL NO. 963
A bill to amend 1927 PA 372, entitled
"An act to regulate and license the selling, purchasing,
possessing, and carrying of certain firearms, gas ejecting devices,
and electro-muscular disruption devices; to prohibit the buying,
selling, or carrying of certain firearms, gas ejecting devices, and
electro-muscular disruption devices without a license or other
authorization; to provide for the forfeiture of firearms and
electro-muscular disruption devices under certain circumstances; to
provide for penalties and remedies; to provide immunity from civil
liability under certain circumstances; to prescribe the powers and
duties of certain state and local agencies; to prohibit certain
conduct against individuals who apply for or receive a license to
carry a concealed pistol; to make appropriations; to prescribe
certain conditions for the appropriations; and to repeal all acts
and parts of acts inconsistent with this act,"
by amending section 1 (MCL 28.421), as amended by 2014 PA 203.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:
Sec. 1. (1) As used in this act:
(a) "Felony" means that term as defined in section 1 of
chapter I of the code of criminal procedure, 1927 PA 175, MCL
761.1, or a violation of a law of the United States or another
state that is designated as a felony or that is punishable by death
or by imprisonment for more than 1 year.
weapon from which a dangerous
is designed to, or may readily be converted to expel a projectile
be propelled by action of an explosive. , or by gas or air. Firearm
does not include a smooth bore rifle or handgun designed and
manufactured exclusively for propelling by a spring, or by gas or
air, BBs not exceeding .177 caliber.
(c) "Firearms records" means any form, information, or record
required for submission to a government agency under sections 2,
2a, 2b, and 5b, or any form, permit, or license issued by a
government agency under this act.
(d) "Misdemeanor" means a violation of a penal law of this
state or violation of a local ordinance substantially corresponding
to a violation of a penal law of this state that is not a felony or
a violation of an order, rule, or regulation of a state agency that
is punishable by imprisonment or a fine that is not a civil fine,
(e) "Peace officer" means, except as otherwise provided in
this act, an individual who is employed as a law enforcement
officer, as that term is defined under section 2 of the commission
on law enforcement standards act, 1965 PA 203, MCL 28.602, by this
state or another state, a political subdivision of this state or
another state, or the United States, and who is required to carry a
firearm in the course of his or her duties as a law enforcement
(f) "Pistol" means a loaded or unloaded firearm that is 26
inches or less in length, or a loaded or unloaded firearm that by
its construction and appearance conceals it as a firearm.
(g) "Purchaser" means a person who receives a pistol from
another person by purchase or gift.
(h) "Reserve peace officer", "auxiliary officer", or "reserve
officer" means, except as otherwise provided in this act, an
individual authorized on a voluntary or irregular basis by a duly
authorized police agency of this state or a political subdivision
of this state to act as a law enforcement officer, who is
responsible for the preservation of the peace, the prevention and
detection of crime, and the enforcement of the general criminal
laws of this state, and who is otherwise eligible to possess a
firearm under this act.
(i) "Retired police officer" or "retired law enforcement
officer" means an individual who was a police officer or law
enforcement officer who was certified as described under section 9a
of the commission on law enforcement standards act, 1965 PA 203,
MCL 28.609a, and retired in good standing from his or her
employment as a police officer or law enforcement officer.
(j) "Seller" means a person who sells or gives a pistol to
(k) "State court judge" means a judge of the district court,
circuit court, probate court, or court of appeals or justice of the
supreme court of this state who is serving either by election or
(l) "State court retired judge" means a judge or justice
described in subdivision (k) who is retired, or a retired judge of
the recorders court.
(2) A person may lawfully own, possess, carry, or transport as
a pistol a firearm greater than 26 inches in length if all of the
following conditions apply:
(a) The person registered the firearm as a pistol under
section 2 or 2a before January 1, 2013.
(b) The person who registered the firearm as described in
subdivision (a) has maintained registration of the firearm since
January 1, 2013 without lapse.
(c) The person possesses a copy of the license or record
issued to him or her under section 2 or 2a.
(3) A person who satisfies all of the conditions listed under
subsection (2) nevertheless may elect to have the firearm not be
considered to be a pistol. A person who makes the election under
this subsection shall notify the department of state police of the
election in a manner prescribed by that department.
Enacting section 1. This amendatory act takes effect January