MI lawmakers move to loosen air gun restrictions

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2006 file photo is a selection of Airsoft pellet guns, from top: a M24 precision shot air soft rifle; two Glock 17's gas blow back pistols, and an AK47 Beta Spetsnaz Airsoft Electric Gun, near Adel, Iowa. (AP Photo/Steve Pope, File)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers are sending Gov. Rick Snyder legislation that would loosen restrictions on air and BB guns.

The National Rifle Association says Michigan is among just four states to classify the guns as firearms.

The Senate gave final approval to legislation Wednesday repealing restrictions against children under age 18 from using a BB gun without being accompanied by an adult. The House later Wednesday is expected to finalize legislation limiting local governments’ ability to set their own rules over the guns.

Supporters say Michigan law should be aligned with the federal definition, while opponents worry about unintended consequences such as more shootings by police who mistake toy guns for real ones.

Snyder vetoed the bills in December because the entire package didn’t reach his desk.

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