Rifle or Michigan Pistol: The FEDERAL definition of a rifle states that: It needs a minimum 16" barrel, and be a minimum of 26" in length. Michigan says a rifle has a 16" minimum barrel, and a 30" minimum length. With a stock. Barrel can be any length as long as the fire arm doesn't accept a stock. Thus, those guns defined by federal law as rifles, that have a 16" minimum barrel, and a length between 26" and 30" are considered pistols in Michigan. Michigan is the only state that strays from the Federal definition. Thus, if you were to make a rifle that is defined as a pistol under Michigan law it would be LEGAL for you to carry that rifle loaded in your car, just as you can a handgun (with CPL of course), but would NOT be applicable to any reciprocity in other states, since it is considered a rifle, and not a handgun outside of Michigan.
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