Handgun Shooting Basics For Women In Michigan

Women And Handgun Shooting Michigan MI

Woman Shotgun ShooterShooting is most definitely a thrilling hobby, as well as a means of protecting oneself. There is an extraordinary adrenaline rush, and a sense of pride, and then you do it over again. It’s incredibly exciting. It’s important that women become comfortable using firearms in Michigan, since guns are some of the best means of protecting themselves against intruders and attackers. One of the best ways to go about turning shooting into a hobby, rather than something strictly for self-defense is to learn about recreational shooting activities in Michigan, There is Practical Shooting; IDPA shooting that simulates self-defense and real life style encounters.

There is Shotgun competitions, Then there is the extremely exciting sport of 3 – Gun Shooting where your shoot a sporting rifle usually built on an AR – platform, a Shotgun, and an semi-auto pistol. There are also; Action, Silhouette, and Precision shooting competitions. If this is not enough there are also several very specific types of shooting competitions where just Rifles and Shotguns are used. 

New Women Shooters; Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun: What’s the Difference In Michigan?

Julie, Top Woman CompetitorIt can be a bit confusing to keep these terms separate, especially when you’re in conversation with a gun expert in Michigan who just prattles on and on! When you’re trying to figure out which type of firearm would work best for your home and/or personal self-defense, it’s important to be able to make an informed decision. Here’s a quick run-down to help you out:

A handgun is a firearm designed to be handheld, in either one or both hands. This can be a Pistol (Semi-auto) or a revolver. Handguns are much more suited to home and especially for personal defense. This is what you would carry around during your daily activities if you get a concealed carry permit in Michigan. The barrel is much shorter than both a rifle and shotgun, as it’s designed to be held with one or both hands, rather than placed against your shoulder. Most pistol barrels are grooved in a similar manner to that of rifles.

Rifles and Shotguns for New Women Shooters In Michigan

A rifle is a firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder, A rifle barrel is long and has thick walls with spiral grooves cut into the bore. This grooved pattern is referred to as “rifling”. This is one of the best guns for shooting recreationally. With the proper training in Michigan and choice of a rifle such as one on an AR – Platform it can be used for both sport and home defense. Rifles are very versatile and it is highly recommended that any woman wanting to learn to shoot a handgun should seriously consider adding a rifle into her training program.

A shotgun (also known as a scattergun and pepper gun,) is a firearm that is usually designed to be fired from the shoulder, which uses the energy of a fixed shell to fire a number of small spherical pellets called shot, or a solid projectile called a slug. The shotgun barrel is long and made of thin steel that is smooth on the inside to allow the shot to glide down the barrel without friction since it doesn’t have to withstand quite as much pressure. It’s similar to that of a rifle barrel. This is good for home defense in Michigan, but be careful of your surroundings. Often, the sound alone of a shotgun “Racking” is formidable enough to make an intruder think twice.

This page outlines just the very basics of the types of firearms in Michigan that may be best suited for you. Happy shooting!

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The Michigan State Constitution States: “Every person has a right to keep and bear arms for the defense of himself and the state.”

In December of 2012 There was the most sweeping rewrite of Michigan’s concealed handgun law in more than a decade that included details that go well beyond opening so-called “gun free zones” to hidden weapons.

The state House on had passed a bill 68-41 and sent it to Governor Rick Snyder. Aside from allowing concealed handguns in schools and other places, a number of measures are aimed at streamlining a permit process critics say remains far from uniform statewide. Sheriffs will oversee all permit approvals. The state’s 83 county gun boards, in place since 1927, were abolished. County clerks still handle the processing.

Michigan's concealed carry law is "shall issue," meaning that anyone 21 or older may obtain a license to carry a concealed pistol, so long as the person is not prohibited from owning a firearm, has not been found guilty or been accused of certain felonies or misdemeanors within a certain time period, and has completed state-approved firearms training. Concealed Pistol License (CPL) holders are not required to obtain a license to purchase a pistol; however, they must fulfill the registration requirement (a sales record of the pistol acquisition).

Under Michigan law, carrying a concealed pistol under a CPL constitutes implied permission for chemical testing for illegal drugs or alcohol; and it is strictly forbidden for someone with a concealed pistol license to carry a pistol while on drugs or alcohol.

Michigan Republicans have introduced legislation that would make it a felony to enforce any federal laws that attempt to regulate gun ownership. House Bill 4457 would create the “Michigan firearm protection act”. It says:    A public servant or dealer that sells a firearm in this state shall not enforce or attempt to enforce any act, law, statute, rule, or regulation of the United States government relating to a personal firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition that is owned or manufactured exclusively within the borders of Michigan.

US Precision Defense supports the state of Michigan in its stand for gun rights and the 2nd amendment. To learn more about Michigan gun laws go to our home page of our website, Reciprocity maps. 

Republicans in the state Senate have ignited Michigan's gun control debate early on in the 2013 legislative session. While all eyes were on Governor Rick Snyder's State of the State address, two of the 63 bills introduced in the Michigan Senate were GOP-sponsored initiatives to protect gun owners' rights. The proposals echo similar legislation introduced in other state capitols this year protecting the rights of law abiding gun owning citizens.

Michigan Public Act 377, enacted in December 2012, makes the buying process easier. "The most important change is now when you go to a federally licensed firearm dealer, there's no longer a requirement for a license to purchase. It makes it a little more efficient for the gun buyer; they don't have to make multiple trips which they did under previous law,"  

Conflict between local municipalities and the state law: Some gun owners said Grand Rapids has gun ordinances that are too strict and that the ordinances don’t comply with state law. In Grand Rapids, it’s illegal to openly carry a gun. It must be concealed. However, state law says it’s ok.

While several other states and President Barack Obama are trying to tighten gun controls, Michigan is going in a different direction, introducing recent legislation in 2013 that would either expand gun rights or work toward making the state immune from any new federal regulations on weapons ownership.

From the Michigan State Sheriff’s Association: As sheriffs, we have sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States and of the State of Michigan. We are determined to ensure that all provisions within both Constitutions are upheld. This includes, but is not limited to, the second amendment; our citizens’ ‘Right to Bear Arms’.

It should be understood that the issue of violence needs to be addressed in its totality, not simply as an issue of “gun” violence. Violence is a result of a breakdown on many fronts. Family, gangs, drugs, lack of proper mental health treatment and the proliferation of violent media just to name a few. Michigan is clearly a Pro-gun and strong supporter of the Second Amendment, help us to spread the word by being a member of US Precision Defense and have access to special reports and videos.