I visited Michigan over the holidays, and saw a .22lr my son would like. The clerk at Dick's Sporting Goods told me that I could not purchase a long-gun unless I was a resident of Michigan or an adjacent state.
I thought one could generally purchase long-guns when visiting another state. Was I mistaken?
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December 31, 2005, 10:42 PM
Some states still have the "adjacent" language in their state laws that prevent the sale. Federal law is any state.
January 1, 2006, 01:10 PM
He was incorrect. Michigan law is written "contiguous states" versus "adjacent states", but the Michigan Attorney General's office has ruled that that wording does not prevent sales to residents of states other than contiguous states, as the original rules were enacted prior to the amendment of the GCA in 1986. However, that wouldn't prevent Dick's from having an internal policy of not selling to you.
January 1, 2006, 02:07 PM
What SIOP said.
3.112. Rifles and shotguns; purchases by nonresidents. Residents of a contiguous state may purchase rifles and shotguns in this state if they conform to the federal gun control act of 1968 and the regulations issued thereunder as administered by the secretary of the treasury and the laws of the state wherein the purchaser resides.
[Publisher's Note: The above statutes were originally enacted as procedural/enabling statutes so as conform state law with the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA). In 1986 the GCA was amended to permit long gun transfers from Federal Firearms Licensees to residents of any state, whether contiguous or not, if made at the seller's licensed business premises and only if in full compliance with the legal conditions of sale in both the buyer's and seller's states of residence. The Michigan Attorney General's Office has determined that these provisions do not imply restrictions to sales beyond contiguous states by persons properly licensed by the Federal government to deal in firearms.]