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Michigan Guns and Concealed Pistol Licenses

What is a Concealed Pistol License (CPL)?

A concealed pistol license will allow you to carry a loaded pistol on your person and 
in your
vehicle. Many people confuse a CPL with carrying a concealed weapon (CCW),
however a CPL is the license that allows you
to carry a concealed pistol, while CCW
is the unlawful act of carrying a
concealed weapon without a license. You must apply
for a CPL and must meet specific requirements, including attending a
class, and

submitting an application with your County.

The attorneys at Bommarito Law are experienced in fighting for your gun rights.  If

your CPL has been suspended or revoked, speak with an attorney today.  Bommarito

Law can assist you in reinstating  your CPL, or appeal a CPL denial.  

Michigan CPL Requirements

Applicants for a Michigan Concealed Pistol License must:

  1. Be at least 21 years old
  2. Be a citizen of the United States or an immigrant alien lawfully admitted into the United States
  3. Be a resident of the State of Michigan for at least 6 months prior to application. (Note: The 6-month residency requirement may be waived by the concealed pistol licensing board for new residents licensed by another state.)
  4. Have successfully completed a pistol safety training course
  5. Not be subject to any of the following:
    An order requiring involuntary hospitalization or alternative treatment An order finding legal incapacitation A finding of not guilty by reason of insanity
  6. Not be subject to a conditional bond release prohibiting purchase or possession of a firearm
  7. Not be subject to a personal protection order
  8. Not be prohibited from possessing, using, transporting, selling, purchasing, carrying, shipping, receiving, or distributing a firearm under MCL 750.224f
  9. Have never been convicted of a felony in Michigan or elsewhere
  10. Have no felony charge pending in Michigan or elsewhere
  11. Have not been dishonorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces
  12. Have not been convicted of one of the enumerated misdemeanors in the 8 years immediately preceding the date of application. Click here for a list of 8-year prohibited misdemeanors.
  13. Have not been convicted of one of the enumerated misdemeanors in the 3 years immediately preceding the date of application. Click here for a list of 3-year prohibited misdemeanors.
  14. Have not been found guilty but mentally ill of any crime and has not offered a plea of not guilty of, or been acquitted of, any crime by reason of insanity
  15. Have never been subject to an order of involuntary commitment in an inpatient or outpatient setting due to a mental illness
  16. Not have a diagnosed mental illness at the time the application is made, regardless of whether he or she is receiving treatment
  17. Not be under a court order of legal incapacity in this state or elsewhere
  18. Not be detrimental to the safety of his or her self or any other person if issued a Concealed Pistol License

Federal CPL Requirements  Pursuant to MCL 28.426, a Concealed Pistol License may not be issued to a person prohibited under federal law from possessing or transporting a firearm.  The federal requirements to possess or transport a firearm include that the applicant:

  1. Not have been convicted in any court of, or under indictment for, a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year (i.e. felony, or any misdemeanor punishable by more than 2 years)
  2. Not be a fugitive of justice
  3. Not be an unlawful user of, or addicted to, any controlled substance, as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802)
  4. Not be adjudicated as a mental defective or who has been committed to a mental institution
  5. Not be an alien who is illegally or unlawfully in the United States
  6. Not be discharged from the United States Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions
  7. Not have renounced his or her citizenship
  8. Not be subject to a court order prohibiting harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or child of such intimate partner or from engaging in other conduct that would place the partner or child in reasonable fear of bodily injury.
  9. Not be convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.