State Rep. Lee Chatfield, of Levering, today introduced legislation to eliminate the existing mandate requiring pistols to be registered with the state.
The speaker pro-tem’s bill makes pistol registration optional, eliminates the $250 fine for not registering and allows previously registered pistol owners to request their information be removed from the database.
“There is no need for state government to maintain an exhaustive list of law-abiding citizens who legally purchase pistols,” Chatfield said.
He said the list does little to combat crime.
“Michigan is one of just six states in the country that still require handguns to be registered,” Chatfield said. “Criminals don’t register handguns they misuse for wrong, so what we end up with is a list that intrudes on the civil liberties of honest gun owners exercising their constitutional right to defend their families.”
House Bill 4554 will be assigned to a House committee next week.