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2015 House Bill 4156: Revise firearms definition

Public Act 25 of 2015

Introduced by Rep. Tom Barrett (R) on February 5, 2015
To revise the definition of “firearm” in the state law authorizing regulations on selling, purchasing, possessing, and carrying a handgun, To revise the definition of “firearm” in the state penal code so it longer applies to BB, pellet, paint ball or "air-soft" guns. The new definition would be a gun that "expels a projectile by action of an explosive." However, using a non-firearm to commit a crime would still be subject to criminal penalties.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on February 5, 2015
Reported in the House on February 18, 2015
Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Tom Barrett (R) on February 25, 2015
To move the effective date to July 1, 2015, and make that contingent on enactment of other bills in a package that amend the definition of firearm in various statutes to eliminate BB, pellet or "air-soft" guns from the definition of "firearm".
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on February 25, 2015
Received in the Senate on March 3, 2015
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 3, 2015
Reported in the Senate on March 12, 2015
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on April 29, 2015
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 29, 2015
Received in the House on April 29, 2015
Passed 89 to 21 in the House on April 30, 2015.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on May 12, 2015

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