Gun enthusiasts, take note: Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says it’s OK in this state to put a silencer on your firearm of choice, as long as you’ve complied with applicable federal laws.
You’ll need to pay a $200 tax and pass a background check, administered through the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The possession, manufacture, or sale of a firearm silencer is permitted in Michigan under MCL 750.224(1)(b) if the person is licensed or approved to possess, manufacture, or sell such a device by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as required by MCL 750.224(3)(c).
Possession, manufacture, or sale of a firearm silencer by an unlicensed or unapproved person is a felony, punishable by up to five years imprisonment under MCL 750.224(2).
Why would you want one of these things? Viewed through Hollywood’s eyes, if you’re a spy or a hit man, the need is obvious. For others, the North Carolina Silencer website has this to say:
We believe the best response to that question is, WHY NOT? While it’s certainly a subjective topic, who can argue with taking measures to drastically reduce the report of a firearm?
It’s not like you need the massive explosion of the round to enjoy shooting. Your ears and your neighbors will thank you when you use silencers. In fact, when Hiram Percy Maxim developed and marketed the first silencer at the turn of the 20th century, one of reasons for his invention was so people could shoot in their backyard without disturbing their neighbors.
Plus, as an American, you should own and use silencers for the simple reason that you CAN own them! Who knows what the future of our gun rights in the USA will be? Enjoy silencers now while you legally can!