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Michigan Felony Firearm Penalties and How To Fight Them


In Michigan state, there are a few felony firearm laws that carry hefty penalties. Though these charges and the penalties they incur may be intimidating to face, if you have an experienced and dedicated defense attorney by your side, you may be able to fight these penalties and receive a lighter sentence. At The Law Offices of Barton Morris, we’re dedicated to helping our clients and Michigan residents understand felony firearm penalties, and how to fight them.

Unlawful Possession of a Short-Barreled Shotgun or Rifle

According to the Michigan Statute 750.224b, it is prohibited to possess a short-barreled shotgun or rifle. This means that any shotgun or rifle that is less than 26 inches is in violation of this law and the offense is punishable by up to five years in prison, as well as a potential fine of up to $2,500. This charge is a felony charge, as well, meaning that people in violation of this statute are considered felons.  

Armor-Piercing Ammunition 

In Michigan, statute 750.224c strictly prohibits possession, manufacturing, selling, or using armor-piercing ammunition. This ammunition is defined as any firearm or ammunition that is constructed of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or a combination of any of these metals. Violations of this statute are punishable by up to four years in prison, and may also be punishable with a fine of up to $2,000, and it is considered a felony offense.

Converting Semiautomatic Firearms

The Michigan Statute 750.224e strictly prohibits converting semiautomatic firearms into fully automatic firearms. This felony offense not only covers a single person performing this action but showing another person how to convert a semiautomatic into a fully automatic is also a violation that will incur punishment. These offenses are punishable by a fine of up to $2,000, or up to four years in prison, or both. 

Fighting Your Case

In our state, your Michigan Felony Firearm charge may incur a hefty penalty, but there is hope for a lighter sentence or punishment, even if you’re convicted. Recently, a Michigan Supreme Court case decision has given judges the authority to impose “reasonable” sentences for criminal convictions. This means that a judge may decide on less time in prison, a lower fine, or other potential changes to a conviction penalty. With an experienced felony firearm defense attorney by your side, you may have a better chance of moving forward with less punishment. 

At The Law Offices of Barton Morris, our team of dedicated felony firearm defense attorneys has experience in helping clients like you with charges and their defense. We offer free consultations and are happy to speak with you about your case. Contact us today to get started and learn more about our services.

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