Michigan’s SB 610 has passed both the House (103-6) and the Senate (36-2), and is now headed to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk. The measure will end nearly a hundred years of a pointless ban on the possession of short barreled rifles and shotguns. According to the Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners’ Facebook page, “…Governor Snyder has indicated he will sign SB 610. The bill will have immediate effect upon his signature.” How historic is this? It has been suggested that the Michigan ban served as the template for the regulation and taxes on short barreled rifles and shotguns that became the National Firearms Act of 1934. Michigan’s ban was passed in 1931 . . .
This new law defers to the 1934 Federal law as it exists now, allowing possession of the short barreled rifles and shotguns, only if registered under the NFA with appropriate taxes paid.
In 1931, Michigan had only recently required police permission to buy pistols. It has been argued that this was in response to the successful defense of his household by Dr. Ossian Sweet. The removal of the Michigan ban is part of a trend to repeal these obsolete infringements on the Second Amendment. The next logical step would be the removal of the excessive federal regulation and taxation on short barreled rifles and shotguns, but that doesn’t seem likely any time soon.
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