HB 4283: Bill Allowing Certain Rifles in Shotgun Zone

Summary: HB 4283 would allow a number of certain cartridges to be used in rifles in Michigan’s southern limited firearms area, more commonly called the “shotgun zone” during the firearm deer season. The measure seeks to bring Michigan in line with surrounding states like Indiana, and could potentially get more women and youth participating in firearm season in the shotgun zone.

Current Status: Passed in House. Public testimony heard on October 3, 2013 in the Senate Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Committee, where a minor technical amendment was adopted. The Senate Committee reported the bill out on November 12, 2013 to the full Senate where it still awaits action.

Call your State Senator and ask that they vote Yes on HB 4283!

Analysis: Under Michigan’s current law, only shotguns, muzzle loaders, and certain pistols can be used during firearm deer season in the shotgun zone. However, according to the ammunition manufacturers’ specifications, the rifles and ammunition proposed to be added to the shotgun zone have less power, some 40-50% less, and also have less muzzle and 100 yard velocity than the shotguns and in-line muzzle loaders presently allowed in the zone.

Currently, the following firearms are allowed during firearm deer season in the southern “shotgun zone”:

— A shotgun with a smooth or rifled barrel.
— A .35 caliber or larger pistol capable of holding no more than nine shells at one time in the barrel and magazine combined and loaded with straight-walled cartridges.
— A muzzle-loading rifle or black-powder pistol loaded with black-powder or a commercially manufactured black-powder substitute.

The bill also would expand the allowed firearms to include a .35 caliber or larger rifle loaded with straight-walled cartridges with a minimum case length of 1.16 inches and a maximum case length of 1.80 inches.

MUCC Action: MUCC supports this bill.

Sponsor: Rep. Matt Lori (R-Constantine)

MUCC Policy Resolution: AC020610: MICHIGAN FIREARM DEER SEASON – SHOTGUN ZONE. A resolution requesting that MUCC urge the NRC to change the law regulating the Shotgun zone to allow use of Rifles using straight walled pistol cartridges

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