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Old March 20th, 2013, 09:09 PM   #1
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I was looking at a pellet pistol. Stopped into Dunhams and was shown BB guns! I said how can it be a .177 BB gun, when it says on it 4.7(?) bb's only, on pistol. Packaging says .177 pellet pistol? And salesman says you need a background check to buy a true pellet gun So I'm wondering if the pellet guns on Internet are bb and if I do find a true .177 do I need a background check and buy permit?
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If it has a rifled barrel it needs to be purchased and registered as a pistol, because of this definition:

MCL 8.3t; MSA 2.212(20):

'The word 'firearm', except as otherwise specifically defined in the statutes, shall be construed to include any weapon from which a dangerous projectile may be propelled by using explosives, gas or air as a means of propulsion, except any smooth bore rifle or handgun designed and manufactured exclusively for propelling BB's not exceeding .177 caliber by means of spring, gas or air.'

The BB gun is a smoothbore and wouldn't be considered a firearm.

This stupid law is just Michigan's, so you can find a pellet pistol online but they might not ship it to you. You could have them ship it to a friend of yours in Ohio.... just sayin'.
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Old March 21st, 2013, 11:32 AM   #4
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Last I heard Airgun Express would ship to you, other places like sportsmans guide will not. You can go to a Dunhams or similar store in OH or IND but you would probably be in violation of the BS law stated above if you brought it back. That law needs to be repealed. You can walk out of a store with a high powered rifle but you need a purchase permit for a pellet pistol (most of which won't penetrate a beer can) there are some good ones out there but the daisy/crossman co2 pistols are pretty gutless.
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Last I heard Airgun Express would ship to you, other places like sportsmans guide will not. You can go to a Dunhams or similar store in OH or IND but you would probably be in violation of the BS law stated above if you brought it back. That law needs to be repealed. You can walk out of a store with a high powered rifle but you need a purchase permit for a pellet pistol (most of which won't penetrate a beer can) there are some good ones out there but the daisy/crossman co2 pistols are pretty gutless.
If it's considered a pistol in MI, and it has a rifled barrel, it needs to be registered. Doesn't matter the caliber/propelled. I just went through this a month or so ago...and guess what, I still don't have a pellet pistol. More because most places don't even carry them anymore due to the registering hassle.

It is BS, and if you purchased something out of state I'm not sure where the law would fall...my guess is legally you're supposed to register it.
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It is BS, and if you purchased something out of state I'm not sure where the law would fall...my guess is legally you're supposed to register it.
Correct.
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