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Concealed Carry State Laws In Michigan
Concealed carry laws, or CCW’s, in Michigan refers to the legally issued permit which allows for the carrying of a handgun or other weapon in a concealed manner within any place open to the general public.
Not all weapons that fall under concealed carry state laws in Michigan are lethal, there are some states that regulate non-lethal items such a pepper spray that are carried over a set volume requiring the obtaining of a CCW permit. (In some states non-lethal items require a separate permit)
Every State's Concealed Carry Laws Are Unique In Michigan
While in Michigan there is no current federal law that specifically address the issuance of concealed carry permits for private citizens as each state is responsible for the control of concealed carry permits within its sovereign borders. All 50 states have passed laws allowing their respective residents to carry certain concealed firearms in public, either without a permit or after obtaining a permit from their local Sheriff’s office or Chief of police.
In all states and in Michigan the only federal law concerning CCW’s is the Peace Officer Safety Act of 2004, (H.R. 218) to lean about this and all other states Concealed Carry Laws see our database on our website US Precision Defense where we maintain a comprehensive listing of every States weapons laws.
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The Michigan State Constitution States: “Every person has a right to keep and bear arms for the defense of himself and the state.”
In December of 2012 There was the most sweeping rewrite of Michigan’s concealed handgun law in more than a decade that included details that go well beyond opening so-called “gun free zones” to hidden weapons.
The state House on had passed a bill 68-41 and sent it to Governor Rick Snyder. Aside from allowing concealed handguns in schools and other places, a number of measures are aimed at streamlining a permit process critics say remains far from uniform statewide. Sheriffs will oversee all permit approvals. The state’s 83 county gun boards, in place since 1927, were abolished. County clerks still handle the processing.
Michigan's concealed carry law is "shall issue," meaning that anyone 21 or older may obtain a license to carry a concealed pistol, so long as the person is not prohibited from owning a firearm, has not been found guilty or been accused of certain felonies or misdemeanors within a certain time period, and has completed state-approved firearms training. Concealed Pistol License (CPL) holders are not required to obtain a license to purchase a pistol; however, they must fulfill the registration requirement (a sales record of the pistol acquisition).
Under Michigan law, carrying a concealed pistol under a CPL constitutes implied permission for chemical testing for illegal drugs or alcohol; and it is strictly forbidden for someone with a concealed pistol license to carry a pistol while on drugs or alcohol.
Michigan Republicans have introduced legislation that would make it a felony to enforce any federal laws that attempt to regulate gun ownership. House Bill 4457 would create the “Michigan firearm protection act”. It says: A public servant or dealer that sells a firearm in this state shall not enforce or attempt to enforce any act, law, statute, rule, or regulation of the United States government relating to a personal firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition that is owned or manufactured exclusively within the borders of Michigan.
US Precision Defense supports the state of Michigan in its stand for gun rights and the 2nd amendment. To learn more about Michigan gun laws go to our home page of our website, Reciprocity maps.
Republicans in the state Senate have ignited Michigan's gun control debate early on in the 2013 legislative session. While all eyes were on Governor Rick Snyder's State of the State address, two of the 63 bills introduced in the Michigan Senate were GOP-sponsored initiatives to protect gun owners' rights. The proposals echo similar legislation introduced in other state capitols this year protecting the rights of law abiding gun owning citizens.
Michigan Public Act 377, enacted in December 2012, makes the buying process easier. "The most important change is now when you go to a federally licensed firearm dealer, there's no longer a requirement for a license to purchase. It makes it a little more efficient for the gun buyer; they don't have to make multiple trips which they did under previous law,"
Conflict between local municipalities and the state law: Some gun owners said Grand Rapids has gun ordinances that are too strict and that the ordinances don’t comply with state law. In Grand Rapids, it’s illegal to openly carry a gun. It must be concealed. However, state law says it’s ok.
While several other states and President Barack Obama are trying to tighten gun controls, Michigan is going in a different direction, introducing recent legislation in 2013 that would either expand gun rights or work toward making the state immune from any new federal regulations on weapons ownership.
From the Michigan State Sheriff’s Association: As sheriffs, we have sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States and of the State of Michigan. We are determined to ensure that all provisions within both Constitutions are upheld. This includes, but is not limited to, the second amendment; our citizens’ ‘Right to Bear Arms’.
It should be understood that the issue of violence needs to be addressed in its totality, not simply as an issue of “gun” violence. Violence is a result of a breakdown on many fronts. Family, gangs, drugs, lack of proper mental health treatment and the proliferation of violent media just to name a few. Michigan is clearly a Pro-gun and strong supporter of the Second Amendment, help us to spread the word by being a member of US Precision Defense and have access to special reports and videos.