A: First and foremost, let's please agree to not refer to this government sponsored scam as a "buy-back." They (government) never owned the guns at any time. A far more accurate term would be "Law Enforcement Firearm Transfer (LEFT)".
Secondly, interested non-prohibited persons can stand outside of the private property of the church with signs offering cash for firearms. You could then legally buy a firearm from another citizen. Without a CPL, you could still privately buy a long gun - rifle or shotgun. They do not require paperwork or registration. Please make sure that you do not buy a short barreled shotgun or a short barreled rifle; they are illegal to possess.
However, since you do not have a CPL, you will need a 30-day Pistol Purchase Permit from your local law enforcement agency. With that permit, you would only be allowed to buy one handgun. However, if you had a CPL, you would not have a handgun purchasing limit, as the CPL would serve as the buying permit for pistols.
In any case, if you buy handgun, you will be required to register it within ten days with either the Pistol Purchase Permit or a completed RI-60 Form (Google it).
You are strongly encouraged to not only conduct your own independent research but to also consult with a competent and qualified attorney before acting upon any information in this article. Laws covering self-defense, lethal force, firearms, and the Michigan Concealed Pistol License and their enforcement are always subject to change due to laws being amended, politics conducted in the Prosecutor's Office, and election results at all levels of government. Ignorance of the law, legally speaking, is not a valid excuse for running afoul of it. The penalties and fines imposed upon violators of firearms related offenses are stiff and severe.
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