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Michigan Concealed Pistol Licenses Eligibility

In 2015, the Michigan Legislature passed a shall issue law requiring the state to issue a Concealed Pistol Licenses (CPLs). Consequently, in Michigan, qualified individuals shall be issued a CPL, which allows the carrying of a concealed handgun on their person for any lawful purpose.

To obtain a CPL, a person must the requirements for Michigan CPL eligibility and submit an application to the Michigan State Police. A CPL only allows for the lawful carry of handguns; the license does not cover long guns or any other type of weapon. In Michigan, it is legal for a person to openly carry a firearm in public as long as the person is carrying the firearm with lawful intent and the pistol is concealed. A CPL applies only to concealed carry of a pistol.

In addition to the requirements listed below, applicants must also complete state-mandated education with a CPL instructor who is certified by this state or a national organization to teach the eight-hour pistol safety training. If an individual wants to know more about applying for a CPL and what requirements they must meet, they should get in touch with a capable gun attorney that can answer their questions.

CPL Qualifications

Section 28.422 of the Michigan Compiled Laws states that to meet the requirements for Michigan CPL eligibility, an individual must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted into the United States
  • Be a legal resident of Michigan and reside in Michigan for at least six months immediately prior to application. A person is considered a resident of Michigan if one of the following applies:
    • They possess a valid, lawfully obtained Michigan driver’s license or official Michigan personal identification card
    • They are lawfully registered to vote in Michigan
    • They are on active duty status with the United States Armed Forces and are stationed outside of Michigan, but Michigan is the applicant’s home of record
  • Have knowledge and training in the safe use and handling of a pistol by successfully completing an appropriate pistol safety training course or class
  • Have a valid state-issued driver’s license or personal identification card

Conditions Under Which the Six-Month Residency Requirement Can Be Waived

The county clerk shall waive the six-month residency requirement for an emergency license if the person is a petitioner for a personal protection order issued under MCL § 600.2950 or MCL § 600.2950a. The county clerk might also waive the residency for an emergency license if the county sheriff determines that there is clear and convincing evidence to believe that the person’s safety or the safety of a member of their family or household is endangered by their inability to immediately obtain a license to carry a concealed pistol. Lastly, the six-month residency requirement might be waived for a new resident if they hold a valid concealed pistol license issued by another state at the time their residency in Michigan is established.

What is an Emergency CPL?

As mentioned above, according to Michigan Compiled Laws § 28.425a, there are two instances when a clerk may issue an emergency CPL, when a person has obtained a personal protection order, or when there is clear and convincing evidence that an individual’s safety and the safety of their family is endangered by their inability ot carry a concealed pistol.

If an individual obtains an emergency license, they must complete a valid pistol training course and apply for a CPL within ten business days of applying for the license. Also, an emergency license is unrestricted and valid for only 45 days.

Possession of an emergency CPL does not exempt a person from the requirement to obtain a license to purchase a pistol or exempt a firearms dealer from running a background check prior to the purchase of a pistol. If individuals want to know more about Michigan CPL eligibility and requirements, they should consult a qualified attorney.