Michigan's Gun Laws

Over the past year, I have handled several gun cases involve carrying a concealed weapon. If you are going to carry or transport a gun make sure you understand the law.
Michigan is an open carry state. What that means is that you can carry a gun as long as the gun is visible. So if you want to walk around like John Wayne armed with a holster and gun, you can. But, again, the gun must be visible. So, if you then decide to put on a coat and the coat covers the gun, you are now carrying a concealed weapon. This is not a problem if you have a CPL (Concealed Pistol License), but if you don’t, you could face up to five years in prison plus have a felony on your record.

The same goes for getting into a vehicle. Again let’s say you have a gun strapped to your hip that is visible and you then get into a car, while the gun was legal under open carry when you were outside the car, once you get in, the gun becomes concealed. So if you are going to drive with the gun and don’t have a CPL you need to unload the gun and secure it in a locked gun safe in the trunk or, if you don’t have a trunk, behind the rear seats or in the bed of a pickup trunk.

Some states allow a person to transport a gun as long at it is visible. So, as long as the gun is visible, such as on the seat of the car, it is not considered concealed. But this is not true in Michigan. If you own a gun, make sure you understand the law and make sure you transport the gun in a way the law allows. If you don’t it could cost you your freedom and make you a felon.