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Old August 13, 2014, 08:21 PM   #1
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Air rifles in Michigan, what's up?

I received a flyer from Cabela's recently that had various models of air rifles on sale. Each description had a disclaimer "Not available in Michigan". What's up in Michigan that Cabela's can't sell air rifles there?
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Old August 13, 2014, 08:51 PM   #2
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Air rifles are regulated the same as firearms in MI. I believe they even need to be registered.
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Old August 13, 2014, 10:05 PM   #3
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Air rifles are regulated the same as firearms in MI. I believe they even need to be registered.
NOPE, that just isn't true, BUT Cabellas likes to think so, if you are buying one from them through the mail!

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Old August 14, 2014, 02:18 AM   #4
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Perhaps folks in MI should be more careful how they vote?
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Old August 14, 2014, 02:10 PM   #5
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Just bought one in MI, even as an out of stater. No regs whatever. Didn't even show I.D.but I do look like most of my 69 years.
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Old August 14, 2014, 11:53 PM   #6
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As a proud Michigander I will inform you all that we have some of the most friendly gun laws in the Country. This year I walked in to our Cabelas and purchased a handgun. No permit, no problem. Still had to register it within 10 days, but no purchase permit before hand. NICS is good enough here. And NO I don't have a CPL but we are a SHALL ISSUE State. As for Cabelas policy on mail order....beats me.
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Old August 15, 2014, 12:42 AM   #7
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Air rifles are regulated the same as firearms in MI. I believe they even need to be registered.
I don't think air guns need to be registered, but they are (soon to be were) treated like firearms. But that is changing. SB 979 (mentioned below) is re-definition of a firearm which will, in effect, separate them from air arms. I think some businesses shied away from working with air guns because of their classification with powder burners. I should learn more about this since I like my air rifles so much.

SB 979 passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 3 to 1 vote. SB 979 would align Michigan’s definition of “firearm” with the federal definition; such that “firearm” would be redefined to mean “any weapon which will, is designed to, or may be readily converted to expel a projectile by action of an explosive.” SB 979 would then create a new definition for air guns. Grouping air guns under the broader term “pneumatic guns,” to account for certain devices that propel projectiles by action of a spring, SB 979 would allow for local units of government to reasonably regulate the use and possession of “pneumatic guns;” with the exception that these devices cannot be regulated on private property where authorization is given and the possessor takes precautionary measures to ensure that the projectile remains within the bounds of the property.

SB 979 will now be considered on the Senate floor as part of the Air Gun Reclassification Package
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Old August 19, 2014, 09:48 AM   #8
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I am finding restricted shipping from a lot of companies, regarding their air guns. Some won't ship to my state of Florida! We are very gun-friendly. I have ordered airguns online from other companies without problems. I currently have one coming from Crosman, but they also require an adult signature on delivery. I can order the same gun from Wal-Mart and find it sitting on my back deck.
Just depends on company policy, and some simply make no sense.
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Old August 20, 2014, 11:59 AM   #9
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You'll notice that all of the airguns that Cabela's will not sell in Michigan are suppressor equipped. Whether right or wrong, Cabela's probably wants to avoid the potential that the company or one of their customers could face criminal liability related to the suppressor given Michigan's prohibition of silencer position- which exempts persons possessing a license (which the AG interpreted to include a federal NFA registration).
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Old August 26, 2014, 09:45 AM   #10
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Company policies change.
One major airgun seller used to require an adult signature upon home delivery.
A real pain, having someone hang around the house all day.
They no longer do.
Must have had loads of complaints and lost sales.
That'll do it every time.
Tell them no thanks, and why.
Bet they change their minds right quick.
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