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Shooting Range

Required State License(s):

Shooting Range: Local units of government regulate the location, use, operation, safety and construction of a sport shooting range.

The Sport Shooting Ranges Act, 1989 PA 269, as amended, states: "Generally accepted operation practices" means those practices adopted by the commission of natural resources that are established with a nationally recognized nonprofit membership organization that provides voluntary firearm safety programs that include training individuals in the safe handling and use of firearms, which practices are developed with consideration of all information reasonably available regarding the operation of shooting ranges. The generally accepted operation practices shall be reviewed at least every 5 years by the commission of natural resources and revised as the commission considers necessary."

The act states that a "sport shooting range" or "range" means an area designed and operated for the use of archery, rifles, shotguns, pistols, silhouettes, skeet, trap, black powder, or any other similar sport shooting.

Executive Orders 2009-45, 2009-54, 2011-1, and 2011-2 authorize the Director of the Department of Natural Resources to adopt generally accepted operation practices for sport shooting ranges.

The contact number at the Department of Natural Resources is 517-284-6042.

Other Possible License(s):

Depending upon the type of firearms being used, an individual might need to be licensed by the U.S. Department of Treasury, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF). If automatic weapons are used, a license would be required. The nearest BATF office can be located by calling 1-800-ATF-GUNS (1-800-283-4867).

Revised: 12/2015; Reviewed: 1/2017