Ann Arbor Police Pistol Purchasing and Licensing
Office Hours are Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 11:00 am & 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
(Closed on November 28, & 29, December 6, 13, 20, 24, 25, 27, 31, 2013 & January 1, 2014)
Frequently Asked Questions:
I am planning on purchasing a pistol. Do I need to get a License to Purchase prior to buying it?
It depends. If you are purchasing the pistol from a person/entity that has a retail Federal Firearms License (i.e. Cabela’s, Ann Arbor Arms, Guns Galore, etc.), a License to Purchase will not be required. You will be issued a Pistol Sales Record at the time of purchase, of which the completed Michigan State Police (MSP) copy will need to be submitted to the law enforcement agency for which you reside within 10 calendar days of the purchase date. The person/entity MUST provide their FFL number on the form. If you are purchasing the pistol from an individual that does not have a retail Federal Firearms License (i.e. friend, family member, gun show purchase, etc.), you will be required to obtain a License to Purchase prior to purchasing the pistol. You may obtain a License to Purchase from ANY law enforcement agency in Michigan, provided that you are a Michigan resident. When the form is completed by the seller, the MSP copy must be returned to the agency that issued the License to Purchase within 10 calendar days.
I just moved to Ann Arbor from another city in Michigan. Do I need to re-license my guns?
No. Once your handgun is licensed in the state of Michigan, you are not required to re-license the gun, provided you are still a resident of the state.
I just moved to Ann Arbor from another state. Do I need to license my guns?
Yes. You will need to license all firearms less than 26 inches in overall length. Long guns and shotguns 26 inches and over in length do not require licenses. In order to license your gun(s), you will need one of the following: A Michigan Driver’s License, a Michigan Personal ID card, a Michigan Voter Registration card, or for military personnel, a government issued photo ID along with a copy of orders or letter from your CO that Michigan is your permanent duty assignment as well as proof of your home of record. One of these MUST be obtained prior to licensing the gun(s).
A relative/friend has passed away and left me their gun. What do I need to do to make it legal?
If you are the executor of the estate, you will need to obtain a License to Purchase for each firearm under 26 inches in length. Be prepared to provide a death certificate and documentation naming you the executor of the deceased’s estate. If you are the person who inherited the gun(s), you will need to obtain a License to Purchase prior to taking possession of the gun(s) from the executor.
I have an Ann Arbor mailing address. Do I need to go to the Ann Arbor Police Department for a License to Purchase or to submit a Pistol Sales Record?
You may obtain a License to Purchase from the Ann Arbor Police Department regardless if you are a resident of the city or not. If you obtained the License to Purchase here, you MUST return the MSP copy of the form here. If you obtained a Pistol Sales Record, either because you received it at the point of sale from a retail Federal Firearms Licensed person/ entity or are a Concealed Pistol License holder purchasing a pistol, you MUST submit the MSP copy to the law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction over the residence indicated on the Pistol Sales Record form. The Ann Arbor Police Department WILL NOT accept non-resident Pistol Sales Records! Having an Ann Arbor mailing address does not necessarily mean that you are a resident of the City of Ann Arbor, so please verify that you are a resident of the city prior to submitting the Pistol Sales Record. Also, if you have recently moved, please be sure your ID (driver’s license, state ID card) is updated prior to purchasing your pistol so that the address on the Pistol Sales Record matches what is on your ID. This will help alleviate any confusion over which law enforcement agency has jurisdiction in accepting your Pistol Sales Record.
I have heard that a pistol safety inspection is required. Should I bring my handgun in for inspection?
No. The law has changed several years ago regarding the pistol safety inspection and is no longer required. DO NOT bring your firearm to the police department, as security will not allow you past the checkpoint.
I am interested in obtaining/renewing my Concealed Pistol License (CPL). Where do I go for that?
You will need to go to the county clerk’s office for the Michigan county you reside in. For Washtenaw county residents, including residents for the City of Ann Arbor, you will need to pick up a Concealed Pistol License application packet at 200 N. Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. You may obtain further information on their website: http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/clerk_register/cr_clkweap.html
Where can I find out about Michigan’s gun laws?
On December 18th, 2012, Governor Snyder signed Public Act 377 which, effective on that date, has made the following changes to the License to Purchase requirements:
- If you are buying a handgun from someone with a Federal Firearms License (FFL), including a retail store (such as Cabela’s, Ann Arbor Arms, etc.), you NO LONGER are required to obtain a License to Purchase prior to your purchase. The FFL will provide you with a pistol sales record, which must be filled out and the agency copy and MSP copy returned to the police agency for which you reside. If you do not have a Concealed Pistol License (CPL), please have the FFL fill in their FFL number in the CPL number field on the form.
- If you are obtaining a pistol from a private individual who does not have an FFL (i.e. a relative, a seller at a gun show, obtaining a gun from the estate from a deceased individual, etc.), you will be required to get a License to Purchase prior to obtaining the pistol, however, you may obtain it from ANY POLICE AGENCY in the State of Michigan, not just the police agency for which you live. For example, if you live in the city of Ann Arbor, but work in Canton Twp., you could obtain the License to Purchase from Canton Twp. Once the transaction has been completed, you will need to return the agency copy and MSP copy to the agency from which you obtained it from. If you got the License to Purchase from Canton Twp. but live in Ann Arbor, you will need to return the MSP/Agency copies of the License to Purchase to Canton Twp.
- After you get your License to Purchase, regardless of which agency you obtain it from, you will have 30 days to obtain the gun, changed from 10 days.
- The basic pistol safety questionnaire will no longer be required to obtain a License to Purchase.
- Also, for your information, Governor Snyder signed Public Act 242, which, effective January 1, 2013, changes the definition of a handgun from being a firearm less than 30 inches in overall length to a firearm less than 26 inches in overall length. Anyone who has registered their gun as a handgun that was between 26 and 30 inches may choose to opt out of having their handgun registered by going to the Michigan State Police website (www.michigan.gov/msp), selecting Firearms on the left side, and the Firearms Forms. Select form RI-044, fill it out, and submit it to the Firearms Record Unit. Any forms received before January 1, 2013 will be invalid.
If you have any questions concerning the recent changes in the law, please feel free to contact Chris Briney at (734) 794-6930 ext. 49307. Office Hours are 8:30 am - 11:00 am and 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.