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Help Make Hunting with Suppressors LEGAL in MICHIGAN.

Discussion in 'Gun-Control Issues' started by rjrivero, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. rjrivero


    Apr 23, 2009
    As you may be aware, private ownership of silencers has recently been legalized in Michigan. The law on the books says that in order to own a silencer in Michigan, you must be properly licensed by the United States Treasury Department. For a long time, it was interpreted to mean you had to have an FFL and SOT. The problem is that in order to be a dealer for silencers you need a clientèle. Not so easy to come by.

    Attorney General Bill Schutte wrote a letter on Sep 2, 2011 that interprets the transfer stamp process meeting approval for this requirement, in effect allowing for private ownership of silencers in Michigan.

    However, Michigan's Wildlife Conservation Order 2.1(6) states it is illegal to possess or use a silencer for hunting.

    Wildlife Conservation Orders are amended by the Natural Resources Commission. It is a "relatively easy" task to have them change the Wildlife Conservation Orders, and thereby allow for silencers for hunting in Michigan.

    I'm asking that anyone who hunts in Michigan please write the Natural Resources Commission and ask them to consider removing this restriction on silencers.

    This is a quick little letter I wrote that you are free to use in whole or in part at your own discretion.
    Their contact information is as follows and is available on the Michigan DNR Website. The email is for the secretary for the Commission.

    Commissioner Names and Addresses

    Mary C. Brown
    1624 Grand Avenue
    Kalamazoo, MI 49006
    Appointed: 1/6/04
    Reappointed: 2/6/08
    Term Expires: 12/31/11

    Hurley J. Coleman, Jr.
    2405 Bay Road
    Saginaw, MI 48602
    989-752-7957 (Office)
    Appointed: 1/10/07
    Reappointed: 2/6/08
    Term Expires: 12/31/11

    John Madigan
    831 W. Munising Avenue
    Munising, MI 49862
    906-387-4468 (Office)
    Appointed: 1/1/03
    Reappointed: 4/6/07 and 1/13/11
    Term Expires: 12/31/14

    John Matonich
    9502 Shyre Circle
    Davison, MI 48423
    810-653-4817 (Office)
    Appointed: 7/1/10
    Term Expires: 12/31/13

    Tim Nichols (Chair)
    111 Birchwood Lane
    Cadillac, MI 49601
    Appointed 5/6/09
    Term Expires 12/31/12

    J. R. Richardson
    36658 McGuire Road
    Ontonagon, MI 49953
    906-885-7187 (Office)
    Appointed: 4/6/07
    Reappointed: 1/13/11
    Term Expires: 12/31/14

    Frank C. Wheatlake
    Reed City Power Line Supply
    420 N. Roth Street, Suite A
    Reed City, MI 49677
    231-796-5491 (Home)
    231-832-2298 (Office)
    Appointed: 2/6/01
    Re-Appointed: 5/3/05 and 5/6/09
    Term Expires: 12/31/12

    Department of Natural Resources
    Executive Division
    Attention: Debbie Whipple
    P.O. BOX 30028
    Lansing, MI 48909