Gun Registration & Safety
Registering a Handgun
First, you must obtain a purchase permit from the police department in the city or county in which you reside. You will need a valid Michigan driver’s license or Michigan ID card with current address. The purchase permit will cost you $5. You will have to pass a 15-question quiz on basic gun safety, and you will also have to possess a clear criminal record. The seller must complete and sign the purchase permit. To register the handgun, you must bring the completed purchase permit to the Law Enforcement Center for a safety inspection.
Registering a Rifle or Shotgun
There is no mandate to register a rifle or shotgun. It is recommended that you record your own make, model, and serial numbers from these weapons in case they are ever stolen.
Obtaining a Purchase Permit
You may obtain a purchase permit from the Midland Police Records Bureau by providing a valid driver’s license, correctly answering at least 11 of the 15 questions in a test given by the Records Bureau, and paying a $5 fee.
Obtain a Concealed Weapons Permit
A CCW packet is available, free of charge, at the Law Enforcement Center. All the information you need is within the packet.
Requirements for a Concealed Weapon Permit
- Be 21 years of age or older
- Be a Citizen of the United States or a Resident Alien
- Be a Resident of Michigan for at least 6 months
- Successfully complete a Pistol Safety Training Course
- Not be subject to an order or disposition for any of the following:
- Mental health order
- Legally incapacitated
- Involuntarily hospitalized
- Been found not guilty by reason of insanity
- Not be subject to a conditional bond release where firearm possession is prohibited
- Not be subject to a Personal Protection Order
- Not be prohibited by MCL 750.224f (felon in possession of a firearm)
- Never be convicted of a felony in Michigan or elsewhere
- Not have a felony charge that is pending against you in Michigan or elsewhere
- Not have been dishonorably discharged from the US Armed Forces
- Not have been convicted of one of the following misdemeanors in the eight (8) years immediately preceding the date of application:
- Operating Under the Influence 2nd offense (257.625(1)(8)(b)) Reckless driving (257.626)
- Driving on a Suspended License 2nd offense (257.904)
- Hindering or obstructing weights and measures enforcement officer (290.629)
- Hindering, assaulting, or committing bodily injury upon director or authorized representative of the Motor Quality Fuels Act (290.650)
- Possession of a controlled substance (333.7403)
- Displaying sexually explicit materials to minors (722.677)
- Assault or domestic assault (750.81)
- Aggravated assault (750.81A)
- 4th degree child abuse (750.136B)
- Accosting, enticing, or soliciting a child for immoral purposes (750.145A)
- Vulnerable adult abuse (750.145N)
- Solicitation to commit a felony (750.157B)
- Impersonating a sheriff, conservation officer, coroner, constable, or police officer (750.215)
- Illegal sale of a firearm or ammunition (750.223)
- Illegal sale of a self-defense spray (750.224d)
- Sale or possession of a mechanical knife (750.226a)
- Improper transportation of a firearm (750.227c)
- Failure to have a pistol inspected (750.228)
- Accepting a pistol in pawn (750.229)
- Failure to register the purchase of a firearm or a firearm component (750.232)
- Improperly obtaining a pistol, making a false statement on an application to purchase a pistol, or using false identification to purchase a pistol (750.232a)
- Intentionally aiming a firearm w/o malice (750.233)
- Intentionally discharging a firearm w/o malice (750.234)
- Possessing a firearm on prohibited premises (750.234d)
- Brandishing a firearm in public (750.234e)
- Possession of a firearm by a person less than 18 years of age (750.234f)
- Intentionally discharging a firearm aimed without malice causing injury (750.235)
- Parent of a minor who possessed a firearm in a weapon free school zone (750.235a)
- Setting a spring gun or other device (750.236)
- Possessing a firearm while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drug (750.237)
- Weapon free school zone violation (750.237a)
- Stalking (750.411h)
- Reckless, careless, or negligent use of a firearm resulting in injury or death (752.861)
- Reckless, careless, or negligent use of a firearm resulting in property damage (752.862)
- Reckless discharge of a firearm (752.863a)
- Violation of a law of the United States, another state, or a local unit of government of this state or another state substantially corresponding to a violation described above
- Not have been convicted of any other misdemeanor in this state or elsewhere in the three (3) years immediately preceding the date of application.
- Not have been found guilty but mentally ill of any crime and not have offered a plea of not guilty of, or been acquitted of, any crime by reason of insanity.
- Never have been subject to an order of involuntary commitment due to a mental illness.
- Not have a diagnosed mental illness at the time the application is made regardless of whether you are receiving treatment.
- The applicant is not under a court order of legal incapacity in this state or elsewhere.