Today a student in my Concealed Carry and Home Defense Class asked me.
“ Can an 18-year-old purchase a handgun in Michigan?”
Here is what I told them.
An 18-year-old in Michigan can purchase a handgun legally. However, under federal law, they cannot buy the pistol from a gun store with an FFL. So an 18-year-old can only buy a handgun from a private individual who does not have an FFL.
But what about Federal Law?
Here is what the Federal Government, specifically the ATF, says about 18-year-old owning handguns.
“ An individual between 18 and 21 years of age may acquire a handgun from an unlicensed individual who resides in the same state, provided the person acquiring the handgun is not otherwise prohibited from receiving or possessing firearms under federal law. A federal firearms licensee may not, however, sell or deliver a firearm other than a shotgun or rifle to a person the licensee knows or has reasonable cause to believe is under 21 years of age.
There may be state or local laws or regulations that govern this type of transaction. Contact the office of your State Attorney General for information on any such requirements.”
[18 U.S.C. 922(b)(1)]
An 18-year-old cannot get their Concealed Pistol License because you have to be 21; however, an 18-year-old can legally Open Carry in Michigan.
Can an 18-year-old legally purchase a handgun in your state?
Do you think 18 years old should be able to buy a pistol?