Open carry laws in Michigan explain when and where pistols can be visibly carried in the state. They also set forth several rules regarding what types of pistols can be carried, how they can and can’t be carried, and more. Understanding these laws is crucial for any gun-carrying Michigander. It’s also essential for anyone who may be facing misdemeanor or felony weapons charges for allegedly violating Michigan open carry laws.
Revealing more about these statutes, the following explains the ins and outs of open carry laws in Michigan and the criminal charges that can be filed for violating them. A defense lawyer at O’Keefe Law can answer your questions and share advice related to a specific case whenever you need it.
Legal adults who are not prohibited by law from possessing a weapon may openly carry a pistol in Michigan if the pistol is registered to them and:
These requirements apply to those 18 and older who are legal residents of Michigan and who do not have a concealed pistol license (CPL). In the case of CPL holders, it’s legal to openly carry pistols that are not registered in their name. Additionally, CPL holders may be able to carry open or concealed pistols in places where non-CPL holders cannot.
Public and private schools in Michigan (K through 12) have been designated as weapon-free zones. This means that it is not legal to open carry or concealed in these schools. There is an exception made for legal guardians and parents, who are allowed by law to carry a concealed pistol within a motor vehicle if:
Openly carrying a pistol in prohibited places is a misdemeanor offense in Michigan. If the charges end in a guilty plea or conviction, they can be punishable by up to 93 days in jail and/or up to $200 in fines. If the incident was more complicated and involved factors like (but not limited to) the following, there may be other, more serious charges and penalties involved:
Just because criminal charges are filed does NOT mean that the prosecution has a strong case or that you’re going to get the book thrown at you. A defense lawyer can be the partner you need when it’s time to stand up to the charges and protect your rights.
If you or someone you love has been charged with violating open carry or other gun laws in Michigan, you need fierce defense representation if you want the best possible outcome. You need Lansing Criminal Defense Attorney Patrick William O’Keefe.
The truth is that, with weapons charges, you can only clear your name by winning in court—and your lawyer can critically shape your defense and have major impacts onthe resolution in your case. At O’Keefe Law, we don’t just fight for shorter sentences. We aim for the best possible resolutions, including dismissals and acquittals.
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