Michigan Gun Laws

Michigan Gun Laws

Michigan State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. Always Consult An Attorney                         

Rifles & Shotguns Handguns
Permit to Purchase NO YES*
Registration of Firearms NO YES
Licensing of Owners NO NO
Permit to Carry NO YES


*  A permit to purchase is required to buy a handgun from a private individual. A license to purchase is not required if purchasing a handgun from a Federal Firearms Dealer.

Duty to retreat before using Deadly force outside of Special Places


Crimes Justifying use of Deadly Force outside of Special Places

Sexual Assault

Duty to Retreat when occupying special Places - Special places Mentioned in Statute such as Home, Workplace, Occupied Vehicle

No - dwelling, business, premises. occupied vehicle

Presumption of Reasonableness in Special Places - Unlawful Acts justifying use of Deadly Force in Special Places

Yes - Sexual Assault, breaking and entering or invasion of home, business or occupied vehicle, or unlawfully attempting to remove individual from a dwelling, business premises, or occupied vehicle against his or her will.

Immunity from Civil liability


Notable Provisions of this State's Self-Defense Law


How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Michigan


Concealed pistol application kits are provided during normal business hours by the following:

  • County sheriffs
  • Local police agencies
  • County clerks

Concealed pistol application kits are free of charge to individuals who wish to apply for a license to carry a concealed pistol.

Here is a link to the application:  Click Here

Concealed pistol application kit includes the following:

  • Written procedure to obtain a concealed pistol permit
  • Application form
  • Written procedure to appeal and the appeal process form if denied a concealed pistol permit
  • Reference numbers for current pistol safety training entities
  • Processing Application

Applicant pays a fee of $105 to the county clerk at time of filing.