Thursday, May 9, 2013

FAQ: How Do I Register A Firearm I Inherited From A Deceased Relative?

Ask The Michigan Firearms Instructor
Q: I have a gun that was (owned by) my grandmother and she is deceased now. RIP granny. But what all do I need to register that gun in my name?

A: If the firearm is a pistol AND you do not have a Concealed Pistol License (CPL), you will need to get a 30-Day Permit from your local police department.

If the firearm is a pistol and you have a CPL, you do not need a 30-Day Permit, but you will need to go to Google and download a "Michigan Pistol Sales Record Form" from the Internet.

Once you have the permit or the form, whichever applies, have the seller and the buyer (you) sign all sections of the form or permit. If you inherited the pistol, you are also the seller.

If the firearm is a rifle or a shotgun, you do not need to register it.

Otherwise, turn in only the completed form or permit to your local police department. They will issue you a registration for the handgun on the spot.

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.

About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

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