Yesterday the House passed Senate Bill 979 (sponsored by Sen. Hildenbrand, R-Grand Rapids), a bill to include pneumatic guns (i.e. paint ball guns) in the list of pistols or other firearms that local units of government currently cannot tax, regulate ownership of, registration of, sale/transfer/possession and transportation of (PA 319 of 1990).
The legislation does allow a local unit to regulate the possession of a pneumatic gun in someone under the age of 16 unless it is their private property as well as allow a local unit to prohibit discharging of a pneumatic gun in heavily populated areas.
The League is opposing this legislation. The bill will now head to the Governor for his signature once the Senate concurs.
Samantha Harkins is the Director of State Affairs for the League handling municipal finance issues. She can be reached at email@example.com or 517-908-0306.