Felon in Possession Statute Now Prohibits Possession of Ammunition
The State of Michigan already prevents people convicted of felonies from possessing firearms. An updated statute went into effect prohibiting certain individuals convicted of felonies from possessing, using, transporting, selling, carrying, shipping or distributing ammunition in addition to firearms in the State of Michigan until certain conditions are met. The charge is referred to as Felon in Possession of Ammunition and the felony offense is punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
Under this statute, ammunition is defined as any projectile that in its current state may be expelled from a firearm by an explosive. A firearm is defined as a weapon from which a dangerous projectile may be propelled by an explosive or by gas or air. This includes currently inoperable firearms, but does not include a smooth bore rifle or handgun designed to propel BB’s not exceeding .177 caliber by spring, gas or air.
Felons Cannot Legally Possess Ammunition
This updated law applies to individuals with a previous felony conviction. A felony, under this statute, refers to a conviction for an offense that is punishable by imprisonment for four years or more. This statute does not prohibit a person convicted of a crime that is punishable by less than four years imprisonment.
This amendment applies differently to people convicted of different types of felonies. The length of time a person is prohibited is based on the type of felony conviction, either specified or unspecified.
A “specified felony” includes, but is not limited to:
- Felonies where an element of the felony is the use, attempted use, or
threatened use, of physical force against the person or property of another.
- Felonies where an element is the unlawful manufacture, possession,
importation, exportation, distribution or dispensing of a controlled substance.
- Felonies where an element is the unlawful possession or distribution of a
- Felonies where an element in the unlawful use of an explosive.
- Burglary of an occupied dwelling, breaking and entering an occupied dwelling and arson.
Michigan Firearms Defense Lawyers
If you, or someone you know, is charged with a misdemeanor or felony involving a firearm or other weapon, the attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN P.L.L.C. can help. We have decades of experience in defending people charged with weapons offenses and we can help you. When your freedom is at stake, it is important that you have the best legal representation available. If you have any questions, please contact us at (248) 263-6800 or complete a Request for Assistance Form and one of our attorneys will promptly contact you.