Pending Michigan bill would criminalize alteration of fake guns

Possessing imitation firearms altered to look like authentic guns could result in real consequences if pending legislation in Michigan is passed.

The bill, S.B. 779, which could be voted upon in the Senate as early as Thursday, would amend Michigan the law to penalize the use of an imitation firearm in a crime if its required colored markings are removed, disguised or concealed. If passed, the bill would also ban real firearms from being doctored to look like a toy.

The sponsor of S.B. 779, state Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood, said an updated version of his bill does not criminalize mere possession of altered imitation guns, but rather possession of them in commission of a crime.

“There’s a lot of support for it,” he told “We’re not trying to go after kids with this, we’re trying to make them safe.”



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