MICHIGAN GUN LAWS
All The Facts and Info
Want to know more about Michigan gun laws?
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
Michigan CPL Dashboard
Michigan CCW Reciprocity
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.
Michigan Reciprocity State's
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Districts & Territories
District of Columbia, New York City, Puerto Rico,
Michigan Handgun License
Michigan Gun Policy
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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.
28.425 – CPL 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.
28.425b – Non-resident licenses
All applicants for a Michigan concealed carry permit are required to take a firearms safety course that has been approved by the state.
- Michigan CPL Firearm License Requirements
- Michigan CPL Firearm License Application
- Michigan CPL Firearm License Renewal
- Michigan CPL Firearm License Fee's
- 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
Michigan CCW Handgun Forms
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Michigan: Places Off-Limits for CCW
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
- All areas of the state not listed as Off-Limits
Pointers: Michigan Gun Laws
Michigan Concealed Carry Laws
Michigan Gun Laws To Know
YES/NO – Without a permitIf 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.
750.227d – Transporting firearm
YES – Must Inform OfficerIf 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.
It is legal to carry in the following areas;
- State Parks: YES – 324.504(6)
- State/National Forests: YES – 324.504(6)
- State Wildlife Management Areas: YES – 324.504(6)
- Road Side Rest Areas: YES
“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 permitCarrying 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.
YESIn 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.
NOMichigan does not have constitutional carry.
(Art. I, § 6)
Michigan Off-Limit Statutes
Other Michigan CCW Statutes
Other Michigan Gun Laws
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.
To purchase a handgun from a licensed dealer a person must be at least 21 years old or 18 for long guns.
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
Michigan CCW Contact
Michigan State Police Headquarters
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Address 7150 Harris Drive
CityDimondale, Michigan 48821
Phone (517) 284-3700