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To purchase a handgun from a private individual, the buyer must obtain a license to purchase from any local police or sheriff department. The buyer must be 18 ears of age, a U.S. citizen, a resident of Michigan, have no felony conviction, have never been adjudged insane (unless later restored by court order). If an individual purchases a pistol from a Federal Firearms Dealer, a License to Purchase is not required. However, a pistol sales record must be completed and the seller's FFL number must be recorded on that form.
The license to purchase must be filled out in triplicate at the time of purchase. The license shall include a description of the handgun sold and the signatures of both the buyer and seller. The seller may retain one copy and the buyer retains a copy, and the last copy is reserved for the Michigan State Police. After purchase and delivery of the handgun is completed, the buyer must return the license to a local licensing (law enforcement) authority within 30 days.
One copy of the license will be held by the local authority for six years and the remaining copy shall be forwarded to the State Police. The license, once issued, becomes void if not used within 30 days. A valid Michigan CPL holder is exempt from license to purchase requirement, however is still subject to the registration requirements and a criminal background (NICS) check.
Private property accidents that occurred within the city limits of Richmond are only available at the Richmond Police Department.