Legal Information: Michigan

State Gun Laws

Updated: 
August 16, 2016

If the abuser has been convicted of a crime, can s/he keep or buy a gun?

Under federal law, if the abuser has been convicted of any felony or of a domestic violence misdemeanor, s/he cannot have or buy a gun.* If you're not sure if the abuser has been convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor, see What crimes are considered domestic violence misdemeanors?


In addition, MI state law says that if a person has been convicted of any of the following crimes, s/he cannot have or obtain a concealed pistol license:


  • has been convicted of a felony;
  • within the past 3 or 8 years (depending on the crime), s/he has been convicted of certain misdemeanors (or a charge for a misdemeanor violation is pending against the applicant in any state) including various motor vehicle-related crimes such as DUI, stalking, domestic assault, assault, various crimes related to child abuse, various sexual crimes, firearm-related offenses, larceny, embezzlement, drug or alcohol-related misdemeanors and more; (Note: this is not a complete list of crimes - see the law on our MI Statutes, section (7)(h) and (7)(i) for the complete list); or
  • has been acquitted of a crime by reason of insanity or mental illness.

* 18 USC § 922(g)(9)

** Mich. Laws § 28.425b(7)(h),(i)