MICHIGAN FIREARMS FREEDOM ACT                                                          S.B. 15 (S-1):

                                                                                                    SUMMARY OF BILL

                                                                                      REPORTED FROM COMMITTEE










Senate Bill 15 (Substitute S-1 as reported)

Sponsor:  Senator Phil Pavlov

Committee:  Judiciary




The bill would create the "Michigan Firearms Freedom Act" to do the following:


 --    Specify that a personal firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition manufactured in Michigan, and remaining within the borders of the State, would not be subject to Federal law or regulation under Congress's authority to regulate interstate commerce.

 --    Specify that generic and insignificant parts and firearms accessories imported from another state would not subject a firearm to Federal interstate commerce regulation.

 --    Require a firearm manufactured or sold in Michigan under the Act to have the words "Made in Michigan" clearly stamped on a central metallic part, such as the receiver or frame.


The Act would apply to firearms, firearms accessories, and ammunition that were manufactured and retained in Michigan on or after October 1, 2016.  It would not apply to a firearm that could not be carried and used by one person; a firearm that had a bore diameter greater than 1.5 inches and that used smokeless powder, not black powder, as a propellant; ammunition with a projectile that exploded using an explosion of chemical energy after the projectile left the firearm; or a firearm that discharged two or more projectiles with one activation of the trigger or other firing device.


The bill would take effect 90 days after its enactment.


                                                                            Legislative Analyst:  Patrick Affholter




The bill would have no fiscal impact on local or State law enforcement agencies under State and Federal firearms laws as they currently stand.  In the future, should the Federal government establish new or additional firearms regulations that differed from established State regulations, the bill's exemption from Federal regulations for firearms manufactured and remaining in Michigan could result in less required policing of firearms laws by State and local law enforcement agencies than otherwise would have been required.  


Date Completed:  5-4-16                                                      Fiscal Analyst:  Bruce Baker

This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan Senate staff for use by the Senate in its deliberations and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.