State Gun Laws - Michigan - Saul Roth

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By Saul Roth

Here’s an overview of gun laws in the state of Michigan. Please note that laws can change over time, so it’s always a good idea to consult the most current and official sources or legal professionals for the most up-to-date information.

Permits and Licensing:

1. A License to Purchase is required to purchase handguns in Michigan. This license is obtained from the local law enforcement agency and requires a background check.

2. A Concealed Pistol License (CPL) is required to carry a concealed handgun in public. It is issued by the county gun board or the county clerk’s office.

Firearm Purchase and Transfers:

1. Private firearm sales and transfers do not generally require a background check in Michigan, except for handguns. The seller is required to see a valid License to Purchase or CPL from the buyer.

2. Licensed firearms dealers are required to conduct background checks for all firearm sales, including private sales at gun shows.

Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Magazines:

1. Michigan does not have a specific ban on assault weapons or high-capacity magazines. However, some local jurisdictions may have their own restrictions or regulations.

Safe Storage and Reporting:

1. Michigan does not have specific laws regarding the safe storage of firearms, but it is generally recommended to store firearms in a safe and secure manner to prevent unauthorized access.

2. There is no specific requirement to report the loss or theft of a firearm in Michigan, but it is advisable to report such incidents to local law enforcement.

Carrying Firearms:

1. Michigan is a “shall-issue” state for concealed carry permits. The county gun board or the county clerk’s office issues CPLs to eligible applicants who meet the statutory requirements.

2. Open carry of firearms is generally allowed in Michigan without a permit, except in certain restricted areas such as schools, government buildings, and private property where firearms are prohibited.

Stand Your Ground Law:

1. Michigan has a Stand Your Ground law, which provides legal protections to individuals who use force, including deadly force, if they reasonably believe it is necessary to protect themselves or others from imminent harm or the commission of a serious crime.

It’s important to consult the official Michigan state statutes or seek legal advice to obtain comprehensive and up-to-date information on the specific provisions and requirements of Michigan’s gun laws.