Can Felons Own Guns in Michigan?

After someone is convicted of a felony in Michigan, they can be in for a wide variety of penalties exacted by the criminal justice system. Most people are not surprised when they are ordered to pay high fines or spend time behind bars as consequence. But many are not prepared to lose their Second Amendment right to bear arms.

According to Michigan’s penal codes, a person convicted of a felony cannot use, possess, distribute, transport, sell, carry, or purchase a firearm of any kind. This blanket restriction will exist for a minimum of three years but generally persists for much longer. It also applies to ammunition of any kind in most situations as well.

In order to regain the right to own, possess, or use a firearm, the felony convict must:

  • Pay all fines related to their sentence.
  • Finished all imprisonment related to their sentence.
  • Completed any parole or probation agreements.
  • Wait three years after all other requirements are met.

The law applies to convicts of all types. For example, someone convicted of felony embezzlement will lose their right to bear arms, despite their crime having nothing to do with guns and including no acts of violence. But if a person is convicted of a violent felony, the state may extend the waiting period to five years instead of three.


Convicts who own, possess, use, transport, etc. a firearm can be arrested for and charged with another crime:felon in possession of a firearm. This in turn is another felony, which can be punished by 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Furthermore, felon in possession of firearm charges have the possibility to stack numerous times, depending on the number of guns they allegedly possessed. If a person violates the restriction on the right to own a firearm by owning two pistols, for example, they could face two counts and twice the penalties if convicted.

Our Royal Oak weapons offenses attorneys at Rasor Law Firm can help you fight for your Second Amendment rights if you have been arrested for owning a firearm after a previous felony conviction. Our law firm was established in 1994 and we have been providing tenacious, hard-hitting criminal defense services ever since. Call 248.796.0334 and schedule a free case evaluation today.

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