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Lawful Possession and Discharge of a Firearm

Michigan has an open carry law, which means that an individual can possess and carry both pistols and long guns in plain view without a concealed pistol license as long as they are not brandishing the weapon. Few people openly carry pistols or long guns, however, many want to to be able to carry a pistol in a way that is concealed for their own safety as well as for the safety of others.

It is unlawful to discharge a firearm at any time where in doing so, someone places another person or themselves in danger.  There are also laws that specifically preclude some kinds of firearm discharge.

If you would like to know more about your rights as a gun owner or are facing charges for the unlawful possession or discharge of a firearm, contact a Michigan gun lawyer today.

Obtaining a Permit

Legally carrying a concealed gun simply requires Michigan citizens to obtain a concealed weapons permit. This generally requires some level of training and classroom education as well as target training. Many classes are available throughout the state on a regular basis and take just one day to complete. At the end of the training, an individual can get their certificate and apply for a permit.

In order to be eligible for a CPL, they must be 21 or older and a resident of Michigan. If they are eligible, the individual must take the following steps:

  • Obtain a certificate of completion of a pistol safety course
  • Submit a CPL application, passport quality photo, and any applicable fees
  • provide fingerprints.

Many people will not be able to obtain a CPL, including those who have ever been convicted of a felony, have a felony charge pending, or have been convicted of many kinds of misdemeanors, then they will not be able to obtain a CPL.  Additionally, many types of mental illness will also make a person ineligible for a concealed weapons permit

Location Exclusions

Once someone comes into possession of a concealed pistol license, they can lawfully possess and carry a pistol anytime as long as there is no exclusion that applies. For example, an individual may not possess or carry a concealed pistol when they are intoxicated.  The specific exclusions are set forth in MCL § 750.234d and MCL § 28.425o, two  different statutes that apply to different people in different places engaged in a different actions and with different exceptions.  If you are going to open or concealed carry in Michigan then it is important for you to know about both laws and how, when and if they apply to you.