MICHIGAN GUN LAWS

Facts and Info for 2018


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Michigan gun laws operate on a “Shall Issue” policy at the local level. To purchase handguns privately a purchase permit, background checks and firearm registration is required. Only residents are allowed to purchase handguns with non-residents being allowed to purchase long guns. Concealed carry permits require a firearms training course that has been state approved. There are exemptions for non-residents who are in the military, have a Michigan driver's license or are registered to vote in Michigan.

Michigan CCW Quick Facts

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Must Notify Officer YES
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Weapons Signs Enforced NO
Open Carry Permitted SEE DETAILS
Carry In Restaurant YES
Constitutional Carry NO
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How Reciprocity Works in Michigan

All CCW permits from other states are honored by Michigan with the exception of Non-resident permits. Michigan will only honor permits issued to residents of the state the permit was issued in. And the person cannot remain in Michigan for longer than 180 days.

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Michigan will not honor non-resident permits from any state.
28.422 - Non-residents

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Michigan Gun Policy

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Residents
CPL License Overview

A concealed carry license is issued to persons who meet certain requirements. Some of these requirements are that the person has not had any felonies or certain misdemeanors within the last 3 or 8 years with the time being related to the type of charge. An approved course in firearms training is also required to be taken. Applicants will also need to have been a resident of Michigan for at least 6 months before making the application.

The Law
28.425 – CPL licenses

Non-Resident Licenses

Michigan does not issue Non-Resident concealed carry licenses and they will not honor any non-resident licences from other states. There is one exception and that is if you move from another state to Michigan as a permanent resident. If you had a CCW license in another state then Michigan will accept that and waive the six month residency requirement.

The Law
28.425b – Non-resident licenses

Handgun Training

All applicants for a Michigan concealed carry permit are required to take a firearms safety course that has been approved by the state.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 21 years old.
  • You have completed an approved firearms training class.
  • You have a valid state-issued driver’s license or personal identification card.
  • Be a legal resident of Michigan and reside in Michigan for at least six months immediately prior to application.
  • You have not been convicted of a violent crime that is a felony.
  • Be a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted into the United States
  • Not be subject to an order or disposition for any of the following;
    • Involuntary hospitalization or involuntary alternative treatment.
    • Legal incapacitation
    • Personal protection order
    • Bond or conditional release prohibiting purchase or possession of a firearm
    • Finding of not guilty by reason of insanity
  • Not be prohibited from possessing, using, transporting, selling, purchasing, carrying, shipping, receiving, or distributing a firearm under Michigan law.
  • Not be under a court order of legal incapacity in this state or elsewhere.
  • Have not been found guilty but mentally ill of any crime, and has not offered a plea of not guilty of, or been acquitted of, any crime by reason of insanity.
  • Have not been convicted of a misdemeanor violation of any of the following in the three years immediately preceding the date of application and a charge for a misdemeanor violation of any of the following is not pending against the applicant in this state or elsewhere at the time he or she applies for a license: (Long….list on their website)
  • Have not been convicted of a misdemeanor violation of any of the following in the eight years immediately preceding the date of the application and a charge for a misdemeanor violation of any of the following is not pending against the applicant in this state or elsewhere at the time he or she applies for a CPL: (another long….list on their website)
  • Is not currently and has never been subject to an order of involuntary commitment in an inpatient or outpatient setting due to mental illness.
  • Not have a diagnosed mental illness at the time the application is made that includes an assessment that the individual presents a danger to himself or herself or to another, regardless of whether he or she is receiving treatment for that illness.
  • Have never been convicted of a felony in Michigan or elsewhere, and a felony charge against the applicant is not pending in Michigan or elsewhere at the time he or she applies for a CPL.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons
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Michigan: Places Off-Limits for CCW

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Places Off-Limits in Michigan

  • Schools or school property but may carry while in a vehicle on school property while dropping off or picking up if a parent or legal guardian
  • Public or private day care center, public or private child caring agency, or public or private child placing agency
  • Courtroom, office, or other space used for official court business
  • Sports arena or stadium
  • A tavern where the primary source of income is the sale of alcoholic liquor by the glass consumed on the premises
  • Any property or facility owned or operated by a church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or other place of worship
  • An entertainment facility that the individual knows or should know has a seating capacity of 2,500 or more
  • A hospital
  • A dormitory or classroom of a community college, college, or university
  • A Casino
  • Michigan State University, University of Michigan, Wayne State University
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Places Allowed in Michigan

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state not listed as Off-Limits

Pointers: Michigan Gun Laws

Bill to eliminate CPL license
Carrying a handgun in Michigan

Michigan Concealed Carry Laws

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Michigan Gun Laws To Know

YES/NO – Without a permit
If you do not have a CPL license then you cannot carry a loadedfirearm in any vehicle. Unless the firearm is unloaded and is one or more of the following;

  • Taken down.
  • Enclosed in a case.
  • Carried in the trunk of the vehicle.
  • Inaccessible from the interior of the vehicle.

If you have a CPL license from Michigan then you can carry a loaded and concealed firearm in a vehicle.

The Law
750.227d – Transporting firearm

YES – Must Inform Officer
If you are licensed to carry a concealed handgun and are stopped by the police then Michigan gun laws require you to immediately disclose that you are carrying a concealed weapon on you or in the vehicle. You must carry your permit/license at all times that you are carrying a concealed pistol, as well as your Driver’s License or state-issued ID card.

The Law
28.425f (3)

YES

It is legal to carry in the following areas;

  • State Parks:       YES324.504(6)
  • State/National Forests:     YES324.504(6)
  • State Wildlife Management Areas:     YES324.504(6)
  • Road Side Rest Areas:     YES
NO

“No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Michigan gun laws. There are no legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. They have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned by the law as being off limits.

GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

YES – Without a permit
Carrying a handgun without a CPL license in Michigan is legal with a few restrictions.

Without a CPL License

  • You cannot open carry at a business or grocery store that sell’s alcohol.
  • Residents of Michigan can open carry a handgun without a CPL license if the gun is registered to their name.
  • Some areas listed as off limits may not apply to persons who open carry.
  • Non-residents who do not have a CCW license from their home state are not allowed to conceal or open carry.
  • You cannot carry a loaded firearm in a vehicle without a CPL license.
  • A person must be at least 18 years old to open carry.
YES
In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol

“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.

The Law
28.425o

NO
Michigan does not have constitutional carry.
“Every person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of himself and the state”
(Art. I, § 6)
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Michigan Off-Limit Statutes

Other Michigan CCW Statutes

For information on other states handgun laws please go back to the state laws page and select the state you are interested in.

Other Michigan Gun Laws

Private Sales
To purchase a handgun in Michigan you will need either a purchase license or a concealed carry license and all require a background check. To purchase from a private seller a person must be at least 18 years old with long guns do not requireing a purchase license or background check. Only residents of Michigan are allowed to purchase handguns but non-residents are permitted to purchase long guns (anything over 26 inches long). If you have a valid CPL license then you will not require a purchase license however, you will still need to complete a handgun sales record.

Licensed Dealer
To purchase a handgun from a licensed dealer a person must be at least 21 years old or 18 for long guns.

Purchase licenses
Purchase licenses are issued by the local police or sheriff. The license is valid for 30 days and the purchaser and seller must both sign the license. Copies of the license are required to be returned to the Police within 10 days.

Michigan CCW FAQ's

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Michigan CCW Contact

Michigan State Police Headquarters

Hours


Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Contact


Address 7150 Harris Drive

CityDimondale, Michigan 48821

Phone (517) 284-3700

 

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Important

The information contained on this page is not legal advice but is merely a starting point for your own research. It is up to you to decide what the best course of action is for your circumstances. We are not lawyers, if you'd like individualized legal advice, we'd be happy to refer you to some law practices with known firearm specializations. It is crucial that you understand the law before you carry a firearm. Also, remember that just because a statute may clearly say one thing or another, that doesn't mean all members of law enforcement know it. That also goes for lawyers and even judges too.

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Is it possible to obtain a cpl in MI if I take a WI CPL class ? I live in Upper MI & work a weekend shift so finding a class that is held during the week has not been easy. I ask this because I’ve found a class next week in Pound WI

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Scot

I am a resident of upper MI & I’ve found a concealed carry class in Pound WI next week, my question is will this certificate work for me being a MI resident. I can not find any definitive answer on this subject & would rather not waste my time & money if it’s not feasible.

Jason
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Jason

I’m trying to look up the Michigan law but having trouble finding it. Can someone help regarding defensive display of a firearm? Are you allowed to verbalize and/or show and/or draw for a defensive purpose only even if imminent threat is not present at that moment.

Dave
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Dave

Hello all, Just putting it out there if anyone is looking to take a CPL Class. Kingsmenpsc has classes scheduled for Mt,Pleasant and Onondaga just outside of Lansing MI. You can learn more about CPL Classes at http://www.kingsmenpsc.com

Chris
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Chris

I live in Michigan and have a valid CPL. I want to mount my pistol under my steering wheel. Is this allowed? I can’t find any information on this. Thanks!

steve
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steve

That is exactly where I carry mine while I am driving. There is nothing in the law that prevents this. However, if you exit the vehicle, the weapon should be taken with you, or moved to a location that is NOT in plain sight. And of course, secure the vehicle.

Scotty Moore
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Scotty Moore

Yes you can mount it anywhere in your car if you hild a cpl

David
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David

780.972 Use of deadly force by individual not engaged in commission of crime; conditions. Sec. 2. (1) An individual who has not or is not engaged in the commission of a crime at the time he or she uses deadly force may use deadly force against another individual anywhere he or she has the legal right to be with no duty to retreat if either of the following applies: (a) The individual honestly and reasonably believes that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent the imminent death of or imminent great bodily harm to himself or herself or… Read more »

J matsco
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J matsco

Just moved back to Michigan from Tennessee. Do I need to take another class in order to obtain my Michigan concealed carry permit?

Dave
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Dave

Yes you do. You will also have to register your handguns in the State of Michigan. kingsmenpsc has CPL Classes in multiple locations in the state and is very detailed about the process. check them out. kingsmenpsc.com

Richard Williams
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Richard Williams

I have a Virginia concealed carry permit with my old Virginia address and now I am a Michigan resident now. What should I do to maintain conceal carry status?

Dave
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Dave

You will have to retake the CPL Class. http://www.kingsmenpsc.com

Charles R Smith
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Charles R Smith

Possibly moving from Florida to Michigan. I hold a valid Florida CCW and will be bringing a handgun and a few rifles. What is the current procedure for moving a handgun into the state? Can I use my Florida CCW until my Michigan arrives?

steve
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steve

Yes

Rick
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Rick

Hello,,,Is there a limit as to how many handguns a person can purchase during a certain time frame.

Scott W Sharp
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Scott W Sharp

No and if you have a cpl there is no set limit of how many guns you can carry on your person. So buy carry and enjoy.. Be safe out there.

A-A-ron
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A-A-ron

MI resident my entire life. I have a felony OUIL on my record from 11 years ago. After satisfying all conditions of my sentence I have been a saint. I have purchased several long guns by passing a NCIS check and have also purchased several pistols by obtaining the Pistol Purchase Permits from my county clerks office. I have been 100% truthful on all paperwork and applications. I understand my gun rights have been reinstated due to the amount of time that has past. My question is, Do I qualify for a MI CPL or do I need to have… Read more »

Dave
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Dave

If you have purchased firearm you should be good to in MI. Michigan is now a Shall Issue State. Another thing you could do is file a order to set aside conviction application at your county clerks office. This Started in 2016 I believe , but its cheap like $150.00 for the whole process and it takes about 90 days. This will drop any conviction that is non violent in the state. Here is the link for you to check out. https://michiganlegalhelp.org/self-help-tools/crime-traffic-and-id/setting-aside-adult-conviction-michigan Hope this Helps http://www.kingsmenpsc.com

Scotty Moore
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Scotty Moore

No the federal government will block your permit you have to pass thru them too

Jim Fair
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Jim Fair

I have moved up from SC and now have a MI drivers License. Do I need to go through training to get a MI CPL. I read where I can have the 6 months waived, but still need to know if my SC CWP is still valid until I get my CPL.

Tom Lambert
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Tom Lambert

DO NOT trust the information contained in this page. There are numerous clear problems that can and will lead to criminal convictions including serious felonies. One example is the confusion of long gun and pistol transport requirements between 750.227d and 750.231a. If you transport a pistol pursuant to the long gun standards (227d), and not the pistol standards (231a), it will result in a 5 year felony if you are caught. Too many people in our state have already made this mistake.

This page should be taken down until corrections are made.

Tom Lambert
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Michigan Open Carry, Inc.

Betty Berry
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Betty Berry

Hello Tom, can you suggest a site that has the most up-to-date and comprehensive information about Michigan gun laws?

seth g.
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seth g.

i have a question i cant seem to find an answer too. Can i carry my pneumatic “firearm” concealed without a permit? i have just turned twenty one and have grown up around fire -arms and have been taught (not enough,never enough)how to handle them. i am in the works to get my CCP but until then would like to carry my Gas Hand gun with spiked pellets. they are far less effective but provide a deter-ant and in the worst case (having to use it against another) it will stun and possibly provide time.

seth g
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seth g

i have a question i cant seem to find an answer too. Can i carry my pneumatic “firearm” concealed without a permit? i have just turned twenty one and have grown up around fire -arms and have been taught (not enough,never enough)how to handle them. i am in the works to get my CCP but until then would like to carry my Gas Hand gun with spiked pellets. they are far less effective but provide a deter-ant and in the worst case (having to use it against another) it will stun and possibly provide time.

Joe Pecoraro
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Joe Pecoraro

My dad bought a gun from a friend about forty years ago he has the permit and I was wondering if you have to register the gun with the state or city he lives in. My dad passed way at the beginning of the year and my brother is going to take it, so this is the reason why I’m asking.

Tom Lambert
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Tom Lambert

A pistol does not have to be registered in order to be lawfully possessed. The issue here is whether or not your brother may lawfully possess the pistol. See MCL 28.422 for the requirements, and subsection (8) for the inheritance process.

Chuck
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Chuck

If i have traffic warrants can i still purchase a hand gun ???

Tom Lambert
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Tom Lambert

See the requirements in MCL 28.422(3) for obtaining a license to purchase a pistol.

Darwin herron
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Darwin herron

Can one cpl holder lend another cpl holder a pistol if they dont own one

Tom Lambert
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Tom Lambert

A CPL holder may borrow a pistol belonging to another. The lender is not required to have a CPL. MCL 28.432(1)(i)

Shahid Martin
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Shahid Martin

I had felony in nj did the time. Ain’t been in trouble for 12 years live Michigan for 8 years an i would like to get my ccw you think i could get it now

Tom Lambert
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Tom Lambert

No, a felony is a lifetime disqualifier for a CPL. MCL 28.425b(7). You will need to get the felony expunged in NJ or your rights restored.

SEAN M CAREY
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SEAN M CAREY

I’m interested in purchasing a SCR pistol. I’m wanting to understand the Michigan firearm laws that pertain to this type of firearm. Is it legal in Michigan? Can I purchase it like I would a pistol? Since this firearm is classified as a pistol, but cannot be holstered as normal. When it pertains to open carry, would using a sling be permissible?

Tom Lambert
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Tom Lambert

Michigan classifies a pistol as a firearm 26″ or less. MCL 28.421(1)(i) and MCL 750.222(f). Any pistol may be concealed with a CPL. MCL 28.425c(3). There is no requirement that a pistol be carried in a holster, though be sure to not brandish. MCL 750.222(c).

John Doe
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John Doe

Is it legal to lend a friend your rifle for his safety reasons on his trip to the woods camping with family?

Jim
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Jim

As long as your friend is not otherwise prohibited from having a firearm. Michigan does not require registration of long guns.

Tom Lambert
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Tom Lambert

As long as your friend is not prohibited under 18 USC 922(g)(3) or MCL 750.224f, yes.

As mentioned by Jim, registration does not apply to long guns, however, it’s also not required for lawful pistol possession either. Just pistol transactions.

Deborah
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Deborah

I guess I am a little confused. I have a CCL from Illinois but need to travel into Michigan to visit my daughter. Do I have to unload and break down the weapon and store it in the case while driving on the Interstate to get to her home in Michigan?

Jim
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Jim

No, you IL concealed license is reciprocated in Michigan. You may carry your weapon concealed in Michigan as long as you carry your IL CCW.

Deborah
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Deborah

Many thanks, Jim!! Some of the laws are confusing and one site says not to have it concealed on you or in glove box in case you are stopped by police on the highway, others say something different. Although it is only for a one day visit into Michigan I want to be sure I am not violating any laws if I bring my weapon into Michigan and since I am traveling alone I would feel safer if I could bring it with me. Thank you again!!!

Albert
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Albert

I oppose this! Since Illinois does NOT recognize MI CPL’s, MI should not have reciprocity with IL!

Tom Lambert
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Tom Lambert

Michigan will recognize your resident IL license for the purposes of carrying a concealed pistol. MCL 28.432a(h). Therefore, you do not need to comply with the transport provisions in MCL 750.231a(1)(d)&(e) (not MCL 750.227d). You may also note that MCL 750.231a(1)(a) explicitly exempts you. Do also note that the disclosure requirements in MCL 28.425f(3) do not apply to you are you are not licensed under Michigan’s Act, rather you are exempt from it as specified in MCL 28.432a(h). Note, contrary to what is said on this page, Michigan recognizes ALL licenses, regardless of whether or not they are a resident… Read more »

Cassi Busenbark
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Cassi Busenbark

I have my CPL and I am a michigan resident. If a friend in north dakota wanted to sell me a gun, how would I go about doing that? Hand guns are not registered in north dakota, so I dont know how I would go about registering it in my name.

Tom Lambert
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Tom Lambert

Under federal law, you may not purchase his pistol directly from him, as pistol sales are prohibited to nonresidents. He will have to ship it (sell it) to an FFL in Michigan where you will then purchase the pistol from that FFL.

Bob
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Bob

Hello, My wife and I are considering moving from Indiana to Michigan next year. We both have Indiana carry permits with a few handguns, shotgun and 9mm carbine. Am I understanding we would have to register our firearms in Michigan when we move? Also, can you direct me to the laws which allow for target shooting on ones own private property? Thank you.

Jim
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Jim

Yes, you must register all handguns in Michigan.

Bob
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Bob

Thank you.

Tom Lambert
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Tom Lambert

NO, you will not have to register your pistols, and you cannot lawfully do so. (1) the registration requirements in MCL 28.422(5) and MCL 28.422a(2) do not apply to you as you have not suddenly purchased or otherwise acquired the pistols. (2) you may not lawfully fill out the registration paperwork as you do not meet the statutorily provided definitions of purchaser and seller in MCL 28.421. (3) MCL 28.422 and MCL 28.422a make it a 4yr felony to enter false information on the paperwork, which you would be doing if the terms do not apply to you. (4) You… Read more »

Dan
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Dan

If I have a CPL license in Michigan am I allowed to open Carry also

Tom Lambert
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Tom Lambert

Yes. Nothing prohibits you from doing so, and in fact a CPL makes open carry easier in Michigan.

See http://www.miopencarry.org/faq

Jaidyn Love
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Jaidyn Love

Can you legally purchase a hand gun in the state of Michigan if you 19 years of age?

Tom Lambert
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Tom Lambert

Yes. See MCL 28.422(3)(b).

It will have to be through a private sale and you will need a License to Purchase a Pistol (“Purchase Permit”) first.

Lori Vincent
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Lori Vincent

I’ve recently bought a large amount of property and want to carry for protective purposes while away from the house(large amounts of scat, paw prints) am I allowed to have a handgun as well as a rifle while I’m out there? And what licensing do I need for MI?

Jim
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Jim

You may open carry a handgun and rifle on private property in Michigan, including while hunting.

Tom Lambert
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Tom Lambert

Yes, you may do this. Per MCL 750.227(2) you may even conceal your pistol on your own property if you do not have a CPL.

However, if you are hunting, then you will need a CPL to carry a pistol, even if openly carrying. MCL 324.43510.

Mike
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Mike

If a person has a CPL that person can still open carry correct?

Tom Lambert
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Tom Lambert

Yes, absolutely. In fact, a CPL makes open carry easier in Michigan.

See http://www.miopencarry.org/faq

Norm
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Norm

If I purchase a handgun from a private party in Michigan but have documented residences not only in Michigan but in other states, do I need to register that gun in Michigan? Isn’t Michigan one of only six states that require the registration of handguns?

Tom Lambert
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Tom Lambert

If you purchase a pistol in Michigan, then you are subject to the paperwork submission requirements in Michigan law (MCL 28.422(5) in this case), unless you are otherwise exempt, such as per MCL 28.432(1)(f).

LaRon
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LaRon

How do I go about signing over my handgun to my little brother who’s 20?

Tom Lambert
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Tom Lambert

He will need a License to Purchase a Pistol (“Purchase Permit”), which he can obtain from any Michigan LE department. MCL 28.422.

Vontavia Powell
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Vontavia Powell

If you get convicted of misdemeanor and your cpl is immediately revoked. Can your cpl be reinstated. And how long do you have to wait.

Tom Lambert
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Tom Lambert

A revoked CPL cannot be reinstated, a suspended CPL can be. MCL 28.428.

See MCL 28.425b(7) for the lists of 3 and 8 year disqualifiers.

Julie
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Julie

Hey guys, can anyone tell me if I can register my new gun at the State Police Department?

Will I am
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Will I am

Needs to be done through your county sheriff s]department. Yellow paper form for gun registration.

Tom Lambert
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Tom Lambert

If you purchase the pistol with a License to Purchase a Pistol (“Purchase Permit”), then you will need to return the paperwork to the agency that issued you the license. MCL 28.422(5). If you purchased the pistol from an FFL, or privately with a CPL, then you will need to return the paperwork to your local jurisdiction, meaning your local PD, or local sheriff if you do not have a local PD. MCL 28.422a(2).

Assuming you are not otherwise exempt from registration.

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DR.Tango

I own a Kel Tec Sub 2000 Folding 9 MM Pistol ( Lugar ) caliber sub rifle ( Sub Carbine ) . My question , if the barrel is shorter than 16 inches and considering the entire rifle folds up ( at the middle ) and the barrel rests upon the stock , making the entire rifle completely inoperable in that configuration and is a total length of 16 and 1/4 inch in length including the small thread protector on barrels end . Considering the total barrel length is 16 and 1/4 inch also , I ask ; in Michigan… Read more »

Romeo
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Romeo

To open carry I’m Michigan, does the magazine has to be out or can it just be empty if you don’t have a cpl?

Steven Jack
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Steven Jack

Yes you can open carry a loaded pistol in Michigan. Check the laws about where you can’t open carry. CPL holders like myself can carry in a few more places that open carry is not allowed. DO NOT enter a vehical with your pistol loaded. Unload it, lock it in your trunk in a case separate from the ammo before you enter your automobile. However, you can open carry on a motorcycle but make sure it does not become concealed from your shirt or coat or anything that could possibly conceal it.

Michael
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Michael

The FAQ for Do I Need to Register my Handgun in Michigan says, “Yes, all handgun sales need to be registered to the local law enforcement office. ” My question is about the word “sales” used in this requirement. If I move to Michigan from another state and already own a handgun, do I still have to register it?

Jonathon Werner
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Jonathon Werner

Yes, I relocated from IL with 3 pistols, and had to get pistol purchase permits for each. Supposed to be done within 24hrs of your move in the state. It can be done at the sheriff’s office of the county you move into

Tom Lambert
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Tom Lambert

This is not correct and is not supported by any Michigan law.

Tom Lambert
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Tom Lambert

The FAQ is wrong. All pistol sale are not required to be registered. See MCL 28.432 for some of the many exemptions. If you move from another state, then not only do you not have to register, there is no legal way for you to do so. Posted in anther comment above: (1) the registration requirements in MCL 28.422(5) and MCL 28.422a(2) do not apply to you as you have not suddenly purchased or otherwise acquired the pistols. (2) you may not lawfully fill out the registration paperwork as you do not meet the statutorily provided definitions of purchaser and… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

I’m an Indiana resident with a valid IN state permit, traveling back home to Michigan to visit family. (Go wings!) Handgun registration is not required in IN, and my carry gun is not registered, legally. Could this potentially cause me problems in the event of a “must notify,” while in MI?

Tom Lambert
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Tom Lambert

As an IN resident with an IN license, you are not subject to registration or disclosure in Michigan. Enjoy. MCL 28.432(1)(f) and MCL 28.425f(3).

Ron
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Ron

I live in Michigan I have a permit concealed carry can I open carry also thank you

Mike
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Mike

I have felony dui on my record from almost 8 years ago. Only did jail time.
Has enough time passed for me to apply to purchase a firearm?

Ralph
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Ralph

I move here from NC, I am active duty military and will be stationed here for roughly 3yrs. I have a Conceal and carry permit from NC do I need to obtain one from the state of MI in order to carry my weapon. My home of record is NY.

wayne
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wayne

should be OK, “There is one exception and that is if you move from another state to Michigan as a permanent resident. If you had a CCW license in another state then Michigan will accept that and waive the six month residency requirement.”

The Law
28.425b – Non-resident licenses

Steven
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Steven

Hello. I notice that carry in a restaurant is legal, but carrying in a tavern for which the primary source of income is selling alcohol is not. How would one determine which of the two applies to bar/restaurants, which serve both food and alcohol? Would it be necessary to inquire with each restaurant/bar beforehand?

Tim
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Tim

I have never read in the CPL laws any restrictions on size of caliber in the state of Michigan and never was this topic brought up by an attorney in the legal portion of any of the CPL class instruction.

Tom Williams
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Tom Williams

I’ve had my Michigan CPL suspended for 3-years for an OWI. Am I able to still open carry?

Bryant
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Bryant

I have a Michigan CPL, i moved to Tennessee for 2 months, i have a Tennessee driver’s license, and im now back in Michigan, is my CPL valid or do i have to get a new one

D.K.S.
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D.K.S.

As long as you get your Michigan license when you return. Your Michigan CPL will be invalid with a Tenn license…

Joe B
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Joe B

I have an ak47 pistol that I purchased through a gun dealer in Arizona and would like to give it to a friend in Michigan. What steps do I need to take to legally give it to my friend who is a Michigan resident? I am planning a cross country drive and want to give the gun and 1000 rounds to him. Can I legally transport these in the trunk of my car?

Rosamond Gleason
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Rosamond Gleason

My husband and I took NRA home course passed and received our certificate of course completion in 2014. Went to Oakland County to get our license and we were told our certificate did not have a CPL Compliance Code on it. We have made numerous phone calls to NRA . No one is really sure of what this requirement is. Can anyone explain what they are looking for? Even tried online and nothing is metioned about this. Would appreciate any help.

Tazman
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Tazman

Has to have complies with section 5j of PA 381 of 200…
Line on the certificate.

Chris Gilbert
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Chris Gilbert

If I finish an 80 percent lower hand gun, does it need to be registered

D.K.S.
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D.K.S.

No. As an 80% it is a “Personal Manufactured Weapon”.
*** On that same note. Since it is a weapon without any serial number you can “NEVER” sell, transfer, gift or even loan it to anyone ever! To do so is a Federal Crime….

AR Joe
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AR Joe

Not true, must use form r-160. Fill out with you as both sets and purchaser, you as manufacturer, serial number is n/a. Just mail it to the MSP, and you’re done. It’s registered. And yes you can sell it, just have to use purchaser purchase permit. No serial number is needed. But if it’s over 26″ in length, Michigan doesn’t consider it a pistol, it’s just a firearm, no registration required.

Carson
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Carson

Active Duty military here, living in AZ as non-resident but maintaining residence in Michigan. Should I get CCW in Michigan or Arizona. Looking best option for my self.

Richard
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Richard

My son, a CPL holder in Kentucky, wants to give me one of his registered hand guns (registered in Kentucky). I am a CPL holder in Michigan. What documentation is required for him to legally transfer gun ownership to me?

J.D. VLAZ
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J.D. VLAZ

Not sure but completing a MI purchase form you used if buying a handgun in MI… returning the state copy to the MI State Police Office.

labrat4jafmc
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labrat4jafmc

The safest option is to do a FFL to FFL transfer. That would include all the paperwork and such, you just need to register it after that.

Bill Bertagnoli
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Bill Bertagnoli

This is correct. I recently transferred a pistol to my son in law. FFL business in Michigan transferred bit to an FFL business in Texas.

D.K.S.
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D.K.S.

Michigan does not transfer CPL’s

Lonnie King
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Lonnie King

Michigan gun permits aren’t worth a crap in any other state Michigan laws are Gizmo hundred-year-old laws need to be updated that’s why people shouldn’t get Michigan’s gun permits