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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.

Michigan Reciprocity State's

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Residential Permits Only 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,
California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island.
Michigan will not honor non-resident permits from any state.
28.422 - Non-residents

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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. 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.


  • 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)
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 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.
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
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)

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


Michigan CCW Contact

Michigan State Police Headquarters


Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

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Address 7150 Harris Drive

CityDimondale, Michigan 48821

Phone (517) 284-3700


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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.


  1. You are incorrect regarding Michigan State University, University of Michigan, and Wayne State.
    There is no overriding legal authority that gives these locations an over ride of MCL 123.1102

  2. Shooting as a sport affordable, you learn to overcome peer pressure, to laugh at yourself and learn from your mistakes, you become a ‘good sport’, learn how to set goals and achieve them, and you meet new people.

  3. I purchased the M&P .380 Shield EZ in December. It has become my primary carry weapon. I am impressed with the overall performance of the weapon as well as the way the weapon feels in my hand. The grip safety was one of the selling points of the weapon for me. My Wife is a fan of it also.

    1. who knows for sure. i applied for my cpl on 6/9 and am know at 44 days and have not received any info yet. but remember if you have not received a response after 45 days your copy of your cpl application receipt along with state i.d. will work as a valid cpl until you receive your card in the mail.

  4. If someone has a permit to carry a concealed weapon and they pull it out (in the holster) and pretend to aim at something or just show they have it, is that illegal to do?

    1. you can not have a loaded firearm in or on any type of motorized vehicle unless you have a c.p.l.

  5. If I’m from IL, going to visit family in MI, do I need any permit to bring and shoot my pistol on private land?

  6. Is it lawful to carry a gun while wearing a mask? ( yes, do have a CPL)

    1. Only if you’re committing a crime.
      Act 328 of 1931
      750.396 Wearing mask or face covering device.
      Sec. 396.
      A person who intentionally conceals his or her identity by wearing a mask or other device covering his or her face for the purpose of facilitating the commission of a crime is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 93 days or a fine of not more than $500.00, or both.

  7. What’s going on with protests in the capital, May 2020? What is that all about and how are those people legally carrying firearms?

  8. Do you need a permit for a Co2 pistol? I go mushrooming in the spring and I’ve seen some Coyotes around so I started taking a Co2 pistol with me because I don’t own a real gun. It most likely wouldn’t kill them but might give them enough of a scare to let me get away. I wasn’t even thinking that I might need a permit for this thing. Please advise.

  9. Do you have to carry on your hip with A CCW or for women can you keep in your purse? Or does it have to be on your side

    1. yes if you have a cpl you can carry it in your purse. they even sell special purses for that purpose.

  10. I have a question my friend is selling a rock island 10MM but I have a charge of possession of firearm while intoxicated it’s a misdemeanor it’s been over 3 years can I still purchase one and get it registered under my name ?

    1. i am sure you have to wait for at least 8 years after the incident

  11. Can I private buy a pistol from a person in Wisconsin with just a permit to purchase from Michigan?

  12. With Michigan’s open carry, my question is when is it considered brandishing a weapon, or assault?? These protesters that carry assault weapons with their hand on the trigger where do you draw the line? Does he have to point it at youths? To be illegal? The stand your ground only applies to home.

  13. I’m doing a project on gun safety in vehicles and when reading law 750.227b-transportation safety I notice that it said it was legal to have a gun in your car without a license as long as the gun is not loaded the law doesn’t say you can’t have the bullets in the car so technically you can have an unloaded gun and the bullets need to fire it in your car without the license and you wouldn’t be breaking the law as long as the bullets aren’t in the magician. My question is how in the world is this legal

  14. It’s been 37 days and me and my wife is still waiting on our CPL to arrive. We did our finger prints March 4, and still no CPL yey. We’re in Washtenaw county.

  15. What if you have a single cab truck how do you transport the firearm . There is no trunk

  16. Is it legal for me to take my wife’s pistol to a gun range? I have a new pistol as well, but would like to try her new gun before she uses it.

  17. I am on a permanent resident in Michigan, I have an L1 work visa, working at Michigan, and have driver license. Can i buy gun?

  18. Greetings. I’m currently on a 3-year CPL suspension. My wife has a valid CPL. If I mount a pistol in my vehicle in a concealed manner and she’s driving or present in the vehicle, would I be in any risk of violating my suspension? Thanks.

  19. I’m so confused so it says under the tab permits Michigan honors Indiana is on there. But if you go to the non resident tab it says if your not from Michigan they will not honor it. I’m from Indiana and want to open Carry while hiking I just want to know if I can or not in Michigan. I want to drive from my house in Indiana and hike in Michigan with my carry license from Indiana . Some one help pls

  20. Is the background check for gun purchase the same background for the cpl in Michigan

    1. if its your wifes gun, you could certainly transport it, as long as you are not prohibited, but why not take her to the range to get used to it?

  21. If John has a cpl and the gun is registered and Joe has a cpl and a registered gun can
    Joe carry John gun and John carry Joes?

  22. I am moving to Michigan from New Jersey …so I should be fine but what will I need to do in Michigan. I have a number of long guns (ar, shotguns, rifles) and also have a handgun. Since my AR is NJ compliant I am almost positive it’s fine in Michigan but are there any “Assault Weapon”… laws I should be aware of? Also do I need a permit for my handgun or anything to transport and take to the range? I have looked around and can not find anything that lays out the requirements for people moving into Michigan with firearms. Thanks in advance for any help!!

  23. I am 18 years old but would like to OPEN carry a pistol, the only way for me to carry a pistol would be if I was gifted the pistol and it was then put in my name and registered. is this correct? Also do i need any other form of identification on me besides my ID?

    1. you can purchase a pistol at 18 but only from private sellers. all you have to do is go to your sheriffs department and get a purchase permit. and you can also open carry. but with the attention that open carrying receives i would wait until your 21 and get a cpl

  24. I hold a FOID card from Illinois and just recently moved to Michigan.
    We do have a handgun in the home, what steps do I need to take to be in compliance with the state law?

    1. No, you are fine. FOID cards are a joke to us here – you can own your firearm in your home. Just be sure to register it with the state as mentioned above

  25. I am from MO and we do not have to have a permit to carry open or concealed. I do not have a permit and I am coming to MI in 2 weeks to do some hiking. Am I allowed to carry my pistol open or concealed? It seems a bit hazy in the laws there when it comes to states that do not require a permit. It looks like there is a small blurb that says “no” if I do not have a CCW or CPL from my state. I just want to be compliant with the laws in MI. I was able to carry in CO hiking in the Rockies. Any help is appreciated !!! Thank You!

    1. if you dont have a cpl in michigan you have to and can open carry its legal to open carry without a permit in mi as long as the gun is registered to you but if your here from out of state idk i think that something you should call the sheriiffs department for

    2. NO! Michigan’s open carry without a permit clearly states, non-resident visitors from other states who do not have a permit from their state are not allowed to carry a weapon concealed or open carry. Only Michigan residents are lawfully allowed to open carry without a permit. Found this on the reciprocity map, selected Michigan state and read the open carry law information block.

  26. Question: if I leaving a party and I get stopped by the police for
    A moving violation and I have alcohol in the back of my van in the hatch or I guess you say liftgate the minivan and I am a cpl holder and my weapon is under my front seat is that illegal

    1. Which state are you in; different states have different laws. If I understand your question correctly, leaving a party with alcohol in the vehicle, weapon under seat & have a permit; nothing wrong there, as long as you are under your state’s BAC level, no opened container of alcohol in the vehicle & you follow your state’s requirements to disclose or not. Use reciprocity map, select your state and find the info box about alcohol and carrying

  27. do you have to inform a leo that you have a firearm in the trunk if you dont have a cpl

    1. Use reciprocity map select your state & read the more information box about having to inform police or not, different states vary in that law.

  28. My question is am i allowed to carry concealed while waiting the 45 day period for my cpl card after i competed all the steps

  29. Hello so I have a question if I don’t have a cww permit or anything like that can I carry a handgun loaded if I’m walking down the street and a holster on my side or does the pistol have to be unloaded?

    1. you can carry loaded with or without a cpl as long as the firearm is registered to you theres no law in michigan that says it has to be unloaded for open carry to me its plain stupid to carry an unloaded gun the bad guys not gonna give you time to load up

  30. Hi! As a lifelong resident of Michigan, CPL holder for 18 years, and very active member of Michigan gun rights groups, I need to correct several errors on this Michigan page.

    1. First, under your “(Concealed Carry) Places off limits in Michigan” section you state:

    “Any property or facility owned or operated by a church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or other place of worship.”

    Please refer to MCL 28.425.0, which states that you CAN, in fact, conceal carry with permission:

    “Any property or facility owned or operated by a church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or other place of worship, unless the presiding official or officials of the church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or other place of worship permit the carrying of concealed pistol on that property or facility.”

    2. Please also note that if you have a valid Michigan CPL then you MAY OPENLY carry in the off-limits zones!
    Please refer to this FAQ under the Michigan Open Carry page:
    In short,
    “While there is no definitive case law, multiple state authorities have weighed in on the matter.

    Attorney General Jennifer Granholm – June 2002 – Opinion No. 7113

    A plain reading of section 5o(1) of the Concealed Pistol Licensing Act discloses, however, that its prohibition applies only to the carrying of pistols that are “concealed.” A holstered pistol carried openly and in plain view is not “concealed” and therefore does not violate the prohibition contained in that section.

    Michigan State Police – October 2010 – MSP Legal Update #86

    Note, the above statute [28.425o] applies to CPL holders carrying a concealed pistol. If the CPL holder is carrying a non-concealed pistol, the statute does not apply. As noted above, the unlawful premises listed in MCL 750.234d do not apply to persons with a valid CPL. Therefore, a person with a valid CPL may carry a non-concealed pistol in the areas described in MCL 28.425o and MCL 750.234d.”

    3. Under your “Must Notify Officer” section you state:

    “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.” THIS IS FALSE.

    Please refer to MCL 28.425f for the statute:

    “(3) An individual licensed under this act to carry a concealed pistol and (emphasis mine) who is carrying a concealed pistol or a portable device that uses electro-muscular disruption technology and who is stopped by a peace officer shall immediately disclose to the peace officer that he or she is carrying a pistol or a portable device that uses electro-muscular disruption technology concealed upon his or her person or in his or her vehicle.”

    This means that the person must be a CPL holder AND MUST BE CARRYING THEIR WEAPON AT THE TIME in order for the disclosure rule to apply. You DO NOT have to disclose IF YOU ARE NOT CARRYING. This is a very common misconception in Michigan, even by law enforcement. This has been tested in the courts and you are ONLY required to disclose if you have a CPL AND are carrying.

    1. Actually, just reread what you wrote about disclosure and I misread it. It was just written kind of wonky. You do indicate that you must disclose if you are carrying. 🙂

  31. I have a concealed carry permit from Florida and will be in Michigan for a couple months. 1.) can I open carry here or only concealed like Florida ? 2) can I travel with my weapon loaded in my car ? Thanks

    1. A person shall not carry a pistol concealed on or about his or her person, or, whether concealed or otherwise, in a vehicle operated or occupied by the person, except in his or her dwelling house, place of business, or on other land possessed by the person, without a license to carry the pistol as provided by law and if licensed, shall not carry the pistol in a place or manner inconsistent with any restrictions upon such license.”

  32. I have a WI CCW, my father-in-law wants to gift me his revolver. What is the process to make this a legal transfer. His permit has expired. He is to old and frail to handle a .357 magnum

  33. I have two felonies that are over 15 years old. Please advise regarding cpl state/federal and expungment.

  34. can a michigan school bus driver with conceal & carrie lisence pickiing up or dropping childern off in front of school property?

  35. Is there any law requiring new residents to “register” their firearms, long guns and handguns, that were legally purchased in their home state?
    Does it matter if the new resident was previously a licensed firearms dealer?

  36. Are out of state police officers allowed to carry a gun in Michigan?

    1. There are LEO (active and retired) exceptions to almost every rule, and to my knowledge, none of them specify the state, so I’d say yes, but obviously you’ll still want to check.
      You can even just call the state police for a quick yes or no.

      1. There is a federal statute giving active and retired to carry to any state, although I am not clear about NY, NJ, CA. Sorry I don’t have the statute off hand. I am retired LE, correction Sgt and have never had any problem. As long as you have your states permit and LE ID

  37. is it required to have a holster to open carry in michigan? i know what a holster is for im just curious for my own knowledge

      1. I have a neighbor that is like 6 feet 8 inches tall. He carries a gun in his pocket.
        I appendix carry, he said he was too fat to do that ? he’s not really fat at all, just very tall.

    1. No, but you can’t just stick it in your waistband, as that is partially concealing it.
      Unless you’re taping it to yourself or putting it on a sling, I can’t think of how else you’re going to carry it.
      Just get a cheap holster.

  38. Hello, I am a former Michigan resident, I now live in NC, I have a CCW permit from NC. Can I legally carry when I visit my family in Michigan?

  39. What if you don’t register your gun with in ten days. Purchase. But tried at the nearest police stations and where turned town then what should I do.

    1. You need to submit it to the proper department that has jurisdiction where you live.
      If you live in a township right outside of town, you’ll need to take it to the sheriff’s department, not the city police.

    1. Yes.
      It’s doors on vehicles that make open carry into concealed.

  40. If a handgun gets confiscated by the police during an otherwise routine stop, can the owner ever recover the gun from the police? The gun was being carried improperly in the backseat and the driver did notify the police as is req. The driver was convicted of a misdemeanor as described above but the gun was completely legal, registered, etc. Shouldn’t a person be able to retain his property if carried appropriately from now on?

  41. I am an Indiana resident trying to familiarize myself with reciprocity laws. I’ve been reading up on the laws just curious if anyone know the laws for out of state ccw holders

  42. Can I conceal carry (yes I have my cpl) with a red dot sight? I cannot seem to find any information specific to the subject and have gotten contradicting answers from anyone I have talked to.

    1. Yes.
      There are no regulations on magazine size, sights, optics, etc.

  43. ive read the laws and rules to carry and transporting. i know its says without cpl you cannot carry in your car but i keep finding things that contradicts eachother to carry in a vehicule. my question is i dont have a cpl can i still carry in my car with firearm unloaded or no matter what do i have to store it unloaded in the trunk?

    1. It must be unloaded in a case out of reach unless you have a michigan CLP

    2. You have to have the firearm I. A lock box unloaded and separated from magazine if it has a magazine. Of you dont have a trunk it has to be in the lock box out of reach of you and the furthest point. Once the gun is o side the vehicle it is considered concealed even if it is in plain sight.

  44. 50 years ago I was given 3yrs probation and was told that it would be taken off if I keep my nose clean I got off probation after 2 years but it never happened but I have a hand gun registered to me from the state of Michigan. But now I can’t buy or sell a gun. What can I do to correct this. My name is Gerald Dunfee this happened in Traverse City in 1969.

    1. You will have to go to the county clerks office to file a Set Aside a Conviction Form. I think you can print one off online as well but you’ll need to file it with the county clerk. The process usually take’s about 90 days and in most cases the cost total is under $250. I think to file cost $100 or $115. I have had several students do this because they wanted to hunt or carry a firearm but have had prior convictions from years ago. It’s a pretty simple process and no need for a attorney. If you need any help with it you can email me at kingsmenpsc@yahoo.com
      Hope this helps.

    2. Kingsman is not accurate. There are 2 types of felonies when it comes to gun owner ship. The definitions are confusing but not. They are specific and non specific.

      A a specific felony is one that requires your rights to be resrore via circuit court. And include the following felonies.

      Great bodily harm to another
      Gun/weapon related of offenses
      Manufacturing and selling of controlled substances
      Detonating explosive devices
      Arson or invasion of occupied dwellings
      Domestic violence(misdemeanor)

      And non specific are all other felonies ie larceny in a buolding etc.

      Those felonies only require a 3 year waitinf period after your sentence is complete and all fines paid and your rights are automatically restored.

      I only know this becuase at 13 I got hit with a larceny in a building for taking and tossing out a backpack in school (felony) amd last year I was told I was disqualified. I called the cpl dept of the state police amd after only 3 days the flag was removed, they didnot know why it wasnt removed when I was 19 bur its fixed now.

      You still cant get a cop but you can open carry.

  45. My dad who lives in another state had just gave all of us siblings guns. What do I do to register it? It was a gift, no sale. He lives 5 states away. I have never owned a gun before. ( clean record, no worries, just clueless) Any help? Don’t need a concealed permit, just want it legally to be mine.

    1. Only have to register handguns, rifles and shotguns don’t need any documents. For every handgun you must get a pistol purchase permit from your local police department ($10 each), fill out the form with specs of the gun, and signatures of both parties. Then one copy must be brought back to the police department within 30 days and one copy is kept buy the one who received the handgun and one copy is kept by the one who transferred it.

    2. If there rifles no registration is required, if your Dad gave you the registration for the handguns take the registration down to the local sheriffs office and drop it off. If it’s over ten days the may have a fee. If you do not have registration form for the handguns most police department will issue them with a purchase permit. I’ll double check on the laws for you. If you still need any help with this. you can email me for a quick response.

  46. I would like to know more about Michigan gun laws involving the storage of hand guns. If a juvenile takes a parent’s hand gun without permission and commits a violent crime can the parents be held accountable and be charged for a crime as well. I would also like to know who i could contact to find out if other states have gun laws that hold the gun owners accountable for their child’s actions

    1. From my understanding there is no law that determines how a firearm must be stored. However I cannot guarantee parents wouldn’t have any responsibility in a case as such.

      1. Hand guns if not on person must be under lock and have a trigger lock/guard in place for proper storage of a firearm , this is a responsibility the owner will be held accountable for if the gun is removed from owner possession and happens to he used in crime….this “proper storage” is explained at the time of a purchase from a dealer…if you buy from an independent seller it’s your responsibility to be aware of the laws.

  47. Check to see if law has changed. When jennifer Granholm was ATTY General in Mich she wrote an opinion that was as the questioner states. The Law may have been revised since then. Read your Mich firearms laws Disc.

  48. As a MI CPL holder are you required to inform when you are a passenger in a vehicle pulled over by a LEO.

    1. Yes you are required to inform that you are armed and a cpl holder that go’s for anyone in the car

    2. Not if you a a passenger. The driver yes. My rule in my car is if you have a gun Im disclosing for everyone in the car just to put the officer at ease, not surprises. But No the passenger dose not have to disclose it’s just smart to.

  49. Hello, I am working in MI but my family (and guns) are in Texas. Should I choose to move everything up to MI, am I required to register handguns that are currently owned? I understand any purchase or sale of a handgun would require registration.

    1. Registering is only when you transfer the handgun to a new owner.

  50. I heard that Michigan if you are the owner of a gun you can carry without a CCW is this true?

    1. Let’s use correct terminology.
      CPL=Concealed Pistol License. Legal carry of a concealed firearm.
      CCW= Carrying Concealed Weapon= Felony Crime The two are not interchangable.

    2. Open Carry is Legal in MI as long as you are a MI resident and meet the age requirement. The firearm must be Registered in Your Name

  51. I recently had a family member die. He was a registered gun owner but I now have the gun. What should I be doing at this point to have it safe in my home. Do I have to register it? Etc

    1. Take a copy of the death certificate, and the pistol to your local FFL, and they can do the 4473, and RI-60 forms, to transfer it into your name. Cost is $20-$25.00 typically.

      1. Unless there is an estate or probate case opened….if that’s the case legally it has to go to the administrator of the case to transfer to the new owner… otherwise if nothing is opened then there will be no issues with the above that’s exactly what you would do

  52. You would not be permitted to carry in the list of specific places given. However, if your local BestBuy posts a no guns sign, you are not legally obligated to heed it. If you are asked to leave, you leave, or face potential tresspass charges compounded with possession of a firearm while commiting a crime, but you’ll face no legal ramifications from initially carrying there.

  53. If Im current active duty military do I need to take the course to get my CPL or can I just show up with my DD214 to get my CPL?

  54. Question: if you shoot someone that is 20ft away ( lets say out in public, maybe a parking lot.) Can you be charged because most situations happen within 10 ft. And at 20 ft you have room to flee if necessary ? I’m in MI and someone i know just renewed their cpl and mentioned this. I renewed my 2 yrs ago and have never heard this. I would think though. At 20ft you would be warning the individual to stand down and if the proceeded towards you after warning them. They probably will be shot at 10ft.

    1. Should have covered this situation during your CPL Training Course. At approximately 22 feet the threat closes in roughly 3 seconds. If you deaw as they are closing you will be lucky to get the shot off. You must react.
      Obviously you have the obligation to assess the threat. Everyone is different too. The question is DID YOU FEAR FOR YOUR LIFE? If yes, 20 feet 2 feet. Does not matter.

      1. Standard CPL and Sheriff’s training was that a knife wielding attacker at 21 feet can get to you before you can draw and shoot. I took CPL class 4 times(not needed) and qualified as a posse deputy in a county sheriff’s posse in Mich 5 times. Both classes taught the same.

  55. Does the REMINGTON – 870 TAC-14 12GA shotgun – at a total of 26 inches in length – meet the following Michigan licensing rule?

    “No purchase license is required to purchase a long gun (a firearm that is more than 26 inches long) in Michigan.”


    1. The TAC14 like the Mossberg Shockwave, is an “Other”. Not a pistol. If you buy it from an FFL you just fill out a 4473. If it’s a private party sale, no paperwork.

  56. Is there anyway to register an AR pistol that has a barrel LESS than 16 inches, but an OAL of over 26 inchs as a pistol in MI? Or does the weapon have to be registered as a firearm?

    1. It cannot be registered as a pistol. It does not require registration and is considered a firearm as long as it does not have a rifle stock.

      1. Gordon is correct. If you put a rifle stock on it it is a “short barreled rifle” and is illegal.

        1. Correct if you add a “stock”. However if you add a “brace” it is not illegal

  57. Because I did some deep research and could find nothing stating that there would be an issue if the address on my ID is different than my mailing address. And I also looked at the forum online for the CPL forum and it has an spot on the paper that says ” enter mailing address if different than the one on your ID” so I’m assuming I won’t have any issue to obtain my cpl.

    1. This happened to me when I turned in my Certificate. My address on my driver license was different than my physical address. I had no issues.

  58. I am going g to be filing the paperwork for my CPL at the clerk’s office in my county. My address on my ID is different than my mailing address. Will this delay or cause an issue to recieve my cpl

  59. Hi i was walking to the store and my neighbor house was broken in too the suspects shoot at me 7 times but did hit me and i shoot at the ground to scare them BUT the police took my firearm away from me and havent call me to pick it up…
    Is register in my name and it have a clean serial number
    What can i do?

  60. Hi im 18 I recently purchased a long gun in the state of GA I was wondering if I was able to take it to MI?

      1. No, no, no. A long gun cannot be loaded in a vehicle. It must be kept in the trunk, in a case, unloaded, with the ammo stored separately. If no trunk, then stored in a case unloaded as far away from the occupants of the vehicle as possible. A CPL holder is able to carry a concealed weapon, and a long gun is not considered a concealed weapon.
        But this forum is actually not the best place to be asking these questions. Your local police station will often be glad to answer your questions about any of this stuff, in order to avoid having to deal with trouble in the future. They actually do not want to arrest you, for a mistake that you make, simply due to not knowing the proper way to do things. Most police just want to arrest actual criminals, not law abiding people, who just screw up.

    1. Nothing. There the same thing. Different states have different names for them because weapons is a broad term and hand or pistol is a specific term. But in MI the term is pistol or handgun. Means the same.

  61. I am a Michigan expat now living in Arizona with Concealed Carry and travel back to Michigan often. I normally travel with my handgun in my checked baggage, which is getting more and more difficult. Can I leagally leave one of my handguns in my brothers safe to use while in Michigan rather than bring it with me?

    1. It is legal to loan a handgun to anyone who can legally own one. Your brother cannot legally carry it in public, but it would be fine in his safe.

  62. If I build a 80% lower and put a pistol brace and say a 10.5 upper. Does it need to be registered. And can it be carried legal.

    1. A lower by itself does not need to be registered, until you assemble it into a pistol. Once assembled into a pistol it needs to be registered. I asked state police if I change my upper between multiple calibers how that’s handled. They recommended registering it as the caliber upon the first build and unless I intend to change the caliber consistently long term I would not need to re-register it. If I was found in possession of an ar type pistol where the caliber did not match to the serial number registered, they would investigate the anomaly and upon reasonable explanation (I changed the upper) there would be no consequence or action against me. You can not register a lower as “multi” caliber.

      1. You cannot buy an assembled lower(A.R). without a background check. I may be wrong, but once you finish assembly of a lower, would you not have to register it whether or not it HAD an upper attached? I know is is just a lump, but so is the purchase of an assembled lower a lump. Anyone?

        1. This would be no different than a Thompson Center Contender frame, or a finished 1911 frame, would it not?

  63. I live in Michigan and was recently attacked, robbed at knife point, beaten by 3 men and hospitalized for my injuries. I have never been interested in carrying one of my firearms (for personal protection) until now. I have Epilepsy and was wondering if that prevents me from getting my CPL? I have no felony or misdemeanor charges (never ever have), no depression, nothing preventing me from purchasing firearms etc.

    1. Physical disabilities do not disqualify you from obtaining a CPL. Generally speaking, if you are currently able to legally purchase a pistol, you are guarunteed to qualify for your CPL. You are good to go.

  64. I know Kentucky offers a papertest only for veterans with training on pistols during active duty. To get their CCW or CCDW /CPL IN MICHIGAN TERMS. does Michigan also have this?

  65. I’m looking to purchase a hand gun for a gift to my 21 year old daughter from a license dealer how do I purchase and gift it to her legally?

    1. The person buying the firearm is the one that it is registered too. Easiest thing to do is buy the firearm, and after you gift it to her, have it transferred to her name by a licensed FFL dealer.

    2. Have her get a purchase permit from local sheriff department, fill it out with the gun you purchased information, take to sheriff department they will give her the registered copy and done.

  66. I own a few hand guns but dont have my ccw yet am i allowed to carry for my protection i live alone and sometimes get home late and live in a neighborhood that is sometimes dangerous so can i carry my gun around with me daily its registered to me.

    1. Same here.. But iam not getting a cpl in fact we shouldn’t have too.

    2. Michigan allows “Open Carry” without a CPL… Google it to find the details and restrictions.

  67. There Michigan state of USA has allowed its citizen to carry gun on different purpose and occasions such as during vehicle driving, outdoor servicing, restaurants etc. However, the person must have the legal documents and gun license which depicts that he or she is allowed to carry the gun for the certain period of time. https://cedarcreektacticalarms.com/

  68. Hi, I am an Indiana resident with a lifetime carry permit which is recognized in MI. I am planning on retiring soon and we plan on selling our IN house and moving to our cottage in MI. Will the Indiana permit still be valid in MI? I know people have permits from many different states so as to be able to carry most everywhere.

    1. You cannot live in Michigan and have an out of state permit. You must get a Michigan CPL.

      1. A michigan resident can hold an out of state CPL but will also need to obtain a michigan CPL to conceal carry in Michigan. There are a few benefits from holding an out of state CPL 8f you would like to learn more about it look up MOC (Michigan Open Carry) and read the FAQ’s and MSP updates. You can also Google 28.432 which is The inapplicability of 28.422 section (f) specifically.

  69. Hi! I’m 18, i’m enlisted in the USMC , and I would like to purchase/own a revolver, how would i go about legally obtaining one? Thanks!

    1. go to your local police dept.,ask for a permit to buy.they will do a background check and if all is good, you will receive it.You will then have 10 days i believe to go purchase one.

    2. It’s generally 21 yrs old to buy a hand gun. I don’t know if there’s a different rule for active military. Thank you for your service. I’m a veteran myself.

  70. Hello Guys! I just want to inform you about our CPL Class in Mt Pleasant on Dec 8th. The Class is at Black Creek Conservation Club. If your interested you can see all the CPL Class information at http://www.kingsmenpsc.com

  71. 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

    1. Short answer is no. As a former WI resident my cpl training would not transfer. Wisconsin only requires 4hrs and Michigan requires 8 hours of in class study.

    2. This post is 2 months old, so I assume you resolved this by now… but for the benefit of others with similar question- I recently moved from WI to MI and found the same, the class did not qualify. That’s not to say a class taught in WI can’t qualify, but in order to it would need to include all the requirements of MI law, and it’s not likely someone is teaching a class that covers all that. If you did find a class that did, I still think it’s likely they will try to reject it anyway and make you push them to accept it. Too much hassle and chance, take the class in MI.

  72. 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.

  73. 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.

    1. Michigan does have a brandishing law. Be careful with this, but if you reasonably have cause for brandishing a weapon for defense and end up not firing a round you should be fine… but it’s a gray area that possibly could go either way depending on the county attorney. Remember what one believes is reasonable another might not.

  74. 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

  75. 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!

    1. 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.

      1. From the training I went through, k was taught as long as that firearm is in the vehicle, its considered concealed, this is also Michigan

      2. Question… I know it’s STUPID to do so, but is it LEGAL (as a Michigan CPL holder) to leave my loaded pistol in my vehicle while I go into a hospital, restaurant, work, home, anywhere or even overnight in Michigan without it being in a lockbox, etc.? For example, can I keep it between my seat and console with a newspaper covering it? A family member and I are in disagreement about this.

  76. 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 to another individual.

    (b) The individual honestly and reasonably believes that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent the imminent sexual assault of himself or herself or of another individual.

    (2) An individual who has not or is not engaged in the commission of a crime at the time he or she uses force other than deadly force may use force other than deadly force against another individual anywhere he or she has the legal right to be with no duty to retreat if he or she honestly and reasonably believes that the use of that force is necessary to defend himself or herself or another individual from the imminent unlawful use of force by another individual.

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

    1. 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

  78. 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?

  79. 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?

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

    1. 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.

  81. 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 my felony expunged even though my gun rights have been reinstated? Thank you

    1. 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

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

  82. 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.

  83. 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
    Michigan Open Carry, Inc.

    1. 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.

    2. Okay so, I’m a tad bit confused by the laws. I read that there is a class you can take that gets you a CCW permit that it recognizable in most, if not all states. I live in NY but I go to school in Michigan, and I want to be able to own a handgun but am confused on exactly what to do. I saw on a map that Michigan would honor a CCW permit from NY, but then I saw above in red that Michigan does not honor non-resident permits? If this process could be explained to me I’d greatly appreciate it. I’m considering applying for residency to be able to buy a handgun that way, but I’m not sure which is best, please let me know.

  84. 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.

    1. 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.

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

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

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

  86. 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

    1. 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.

  87. 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?

    1. 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).

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

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

    2. 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.

  89. 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?

    1. 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.

      1. 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!!!

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

    2. 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 license. MCL 28.432(1)(f), MCL 750.234d(2)(c), and MCL 750.237a(5)(c). However, when it comes to carrying a concealed pistol, Michigan requires a resident license. MCL 28.432a(h). People often forget there are uses for non-resident licenses beyond carrying a concealed pistol.

  90. 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.

    1. 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.

  91. 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.

    1. 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 are exempt from Michigan’s registration scheme per MCL 28.432(1)(f). Also see Michigan AG Opinion #7304.

      1. How long do you have to register pistols that you legally owned in TN and then moved to Michigan?

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

    1. 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.

  93. 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?

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

    2. 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.

  94. 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?

    1. 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).

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

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

  96. 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.

    1. 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.

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

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

    2. 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.

  98. 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 , being a legal CPL holder , could I legally carry this ” concealed in a back pack , or shoulder bag etc. , locked and loaded ready to fire or not ? Question 2 , could I legally carry this weapon folded loaded under my shirt, coat , or elsewhere concealed while Walking the streets and/ or in a moving vehicle legally ?

  99. 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?

    1. 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.

  100. 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?

    1. 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

    2. 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 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 are exempt from Michigan’s registration scheme per MCL 28.432(1)(f). Also see Michigan AG Opinion #7304.

  101. 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?

    1. 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).

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

  103. 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?

  104. 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.

    1. 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

  105. 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?

    1. Author

      A restaurants primary source of income is selling food so it should be OK to carry there if there are not any No Gun Signs posted.
      (d) A bar or tavern licensed under the Michigan liquor control code of 1998, 1998 PA 58, MCL 436.1101 to 436.2303, where the primary source of income of the business is the sale of alcoholic liquor by the glass and consumed on the premises. This subdivision does not apply to an owner or employee of the business. The Michigan liquor control commission shall develop and make available to holders of licenses under the Michigan liquor control code of 1998, 1998 PA 58, MCL 436.1101 to 436.2303, an appropriate sign stating that “This establishment prohibits patrons from carrying concealed weapons”. The owner or operator of an establishment licensed under the Michigan liquor control code of 1998, 1998 PA 58, MCL 436.1101 to 436.2303, may post the sign developed under this subdivision.

  106. 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.

    1. Author

      Are you referring to something on this page that says there is a caliber restriction? Please point out its location if you are and we will correct it if necessary.

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

    1. Author

      You need a CPL to open carry a handgun in a vehicle. But you may still be able to open carry outside the vehicle as long as the gun is registered in your name. I am not 100% sure if the suspension affects open carry so please call the phone number listed under contacts to verify if you can still open carry.

      1. Thank you. I’ll give them a call and respond back to this post with the answer.

        1. According to the State Police contact, a revocation of the CPL for a OWI does not preclude open carry.

  108. 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

    1. Author

      Your CPL is valid for 5 years so I cannot see any problem.

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

  109. 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?

    1. Author

      The federal safe passage Act protects you traveling across states if the gun is locked in a container in your cars trunk. Please read the reciprocity page for more details. There is a similar question in these comments about transfers which will answer that, in short do a FFL to FFL transfer and you will need to register the gun in Michigan.

  110. 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.

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

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

    1. 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….

      1. 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.

  112. 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.

    1. Author

      AZ permits are honored in 37 states while Michigan permits are honored by 39 states. So both are well accepted, AZ is a constitutional carry state so you do not need a permit there but they are available. So just go with the Michigan permit.

  113. 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?

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

      1. 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.

    3. 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

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