In Michigan, 18-year-olds can buy guns, but not beers

28 May, 2022
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In Michigan, 18-year-olds can buy guns, but not beers

In the state of Michigan, an 18-year-old cannot buy alcohol, but they can buy multiple types of guns, including semiautomatic rifles, in most cases.

In Michigan, if you’re at least 18 years old, it is legal to buy a pistol with a purchase license from a private seller. At age 21 it is legal to buy a firearm from a federally licensed (FFL) dealer. No purchase license is required to purchase a long gun -- a firearm that is more than 26 inches long -- in Michigan.

According to state law, a long gun may be purchased by anyone aged 18 or older who is not subject to restrictions based on criminal history, mental health history, or other disqualifying factor. A person must be at least 18 years old to purchase a long gun from a federal dealer or a private seller under Michigan law.

Michigan law also states that private citizens can sell their long guns to another private citizen without a background check. This type of purchase does not require the purchase to be registered with the state or federal government. Michigan has no waiting period for purchasing a firearm.


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