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Firearm, archery transport bill now law
Gladwin County Record
LANSING — Shooting sportsmen and firearms collectors will no longer be forced to buy a Michigan hunting license to legally transport firearms and archery equipment during hunting seasons thanks to a new law.
The bill eliminates the requirement for possession of a hunting license when transporting a firearm, archery bow and arrow or crossbow during a hunting season if the equipment is properly stored in the vehicle.
Carston Seales of Marion worked with legislators to move the bill through the legislative process.
“This day has been 10 years in the making,” said Seales, who testified on the bill before House and Senate committees. “I’m thankful [legislators] saw the need for this change and not only sponsored the legislation, but was committed to getting it done.”
A similar law was approved for handguns several years ago and HB 5408 applies the same rules to other shooting sports equipment.
The law amends the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act so a person can carry, transport, or possess a firearm, a bow and arrow, or a crossbow without a hunting license.
They can do so when the firearm is unloaded and cased, or a bow or crossbow is in a case.
“It seemed simple when I started,” said Seales. “But it took some time to find [others] who agreed that DNR game laws shouldn’t have any relation to transporting firearms, bows or slingshots.”
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