Reply To: **ALERT** FOR MICHIGAN AIRGUN HUNTERS
This is what happens when too many separate government bodies are allowed to make their own laws. You end up with a conflicted mess that nobody can follow, including the police. it’s bad enough that there can be conflicting Federal and State laws but even if you are compliant with them, you could be breaking a local hunting law or one from you municipality. They all have their own interpretation of what a firearm is and isn’t.
Nobody can even say for sure if air gun moderators are legal at a federal level yet. In the one test case, the guy was convicted for possession of an air rifle moderator, went to prison for years but was then released when the conviction was overturned. The law was never changed or clarified after this so, with slightly different circumstances, you could find yourself having to spend $50,000-$100,000 defending yourself for owning a shrouded air rifle too.
The guy whose case was overturned, got out of prison because his air gun moderator could not be fitted directly to a firearm without a “special adapter” aka a 10m x 1 to 1/2″ unf adapter. Had it been one of the air rifles with 1/2″ UNF threads, his moderator would have screwed directly into the barrel of many firearms and the case could have gone a different direction. The ruling suggests that an Airgun moderators is legally the same as a potato unless that potato has 1/2″ UNF threads.
Even when the law is changed in MI for next season, I would think twice about carrying any suppressed air rifle with a 1/2″ unf given the way the law is written and how it was interpreted in that case. I think that you are most vulnerable to this on a hunting trip when it’s not unusual to be stopped to by police and be asked about any rifles you are carrying. I would be especially careful if you also own firearms as intent seems to be a factor for air gun moderators.
I really don’t like how paying the government $200 suddenly makes something legal. It looks exactly like a good old fashined shake-down or racket. Either it’s too dangerous and should be illegal for everyone or it should be allowed for everyone. Forcing people to pay them $200 is a total abuse of power….