(a)   Definition.  The word FIREARM, except as otherwise specifically defined in this Code, shall be construed to include any weapon from which a dangerous projectile may be propelled by using explosives, gas or air as a means of propulsion, except any smooth bore rifle or handgun designed and manufactured exclusively for propelling BBs not exceeding .177 calibre by means of spring, gas or air.
   (b)   License required. A person shall not purchase, carry, possess, or transport a firearm without first having obtained a license for the firearm as prescribed in MCLA § 28.422.
   (c)   Discharging or brandishing. It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge a firearm or to knowingly brandish a firearm in public, except as provided in any of the following:
      (1)   A peace officer lawfully performing his duties as a peace officer;
      (2)   A person lawfully engaged in hunting;
      (3)   A person lawfully engaged in target practice;
      (4)   A person lawfully engaged in the sale, purchase, repair or transfer of that firearm.
   (d)   Observer. Any person observed doing any of those things prohibited by this section shall be required to represent to any peace officer, forthwith, evidence of authorization that the person is exempt from the provisions thereof.
(Ord. 146, passed 10-5-1915; Ord. 1846, passed 9-9-1965; Ord. 2161, passed 9-29-1969; Ord. 3780, passed 8-23-2010)
Statutory reference:
   Firearms, see MCLA 28.422