Michigan allows those who are 21 and older to get a concealed pistol license (CPL) as long as they meet certain requirements. For those who do obtain a CPL, there are specific restrictions on the locations where pistols can and cannot be carried while concealed. Understanding concealed carry laws in Michigan is essential for anyone who wants to get or holds a CPL, as well as those accused of violating these laws.
Offering more clarification, the following answers common questions about Michigan concealed carry laws and the penalties for violating them. A Lansing criminal defense attorney at O’Keefe Law can give you more answers and essential advice about a particular case whenever you need it.
Michigan is a "shall issue" state for CPLs. Effectively, that means that people 21 and over can obtain a CPL as long as:
There are specific restrictions on who can obtain a concealed carry license in Michigan, based on criminal history. Specifically, Michigan laws set forth various disqualifications for CPLs, with prior convictions for offenses like the following being bars to obtaining a concealed pistol license in Michigan. This includes:
Along with prior convictions for these offenses, there are other bars to obtaining a CPL in Michigan. In fact, permanent disqualifications for Michigan CPLs can include (and may not be limited to):
To apply for a concealed pistol license in Michigan, here is what you need to do:
CPL costs can include the cost of safety training and the application fees. While safety training costs can vary by provider, application fees for a CPL are:
Receipts for payment of CPL fees should be retained, especially in the case of renewals, because they can serve as a valid CPL until the new or renewed license is received.
Notably, the costs of CPLs in Michigan have raised some controversy, as Michigan reportedly has the fourth most expensive CPL fees in the nation.
According to MPS, “a CPL is valid until the applicant's date of birth that falls not less than four years or more than five years after the license is issued or renewed.” So, depending on the date a CPL has been issued, it may be valid for four to five years thereafter.
Within 6 months before the expiration date, CPLs can be renewed at the county clerk’s office (in the county of residence), along with the required fees.
Carrying a concealed weapon in violation of the law can result in Class E felony charges in Michigan. These charges can come into play in various situations, including when:
A conviction can be punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or up to $2,500 in fines.
The best defense against criminal charges related to CPL violations will depend on the details of a particular case, including specifics like who the defendant is and how the alleged violation was discovered. Generally, some effective strategies for these defense cases can include demonstrating or arguing that:
For case-specific defense strategy from a trial-tested defense attorney, contact O’Keefe Law today.
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