Michigan Gun Laws

Learn about gun control laws, gun permit requirements, and penalties in Michigan.

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In Michigan, adults may purchase and openly carry firearms without a permit. However, you must obtain a concealed handgun permit to carry a concealed gun on (or near) your bod,; unless you are on your own property, in your residence, or at your place of business. (Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 750.227.)

For more information, see Open and Concealed Gun Carrying Laws in Michigan.

How to Obtain a Concealed Handgun Permit in Michigan

To obtain a concealed handgun permit, you must apply at the police or sheriff’s office in the county where you reside. To qualify, you must be:

  • at least 21 years old
  • a United States citizen (or a non-citizen who is lawfully living in the U.S.)
  • a Michigan resident (for at least the past six months), and
  • able to demonstrate completion of a firearms safety training course.

Additionally you must NOT:

  • be a convicted felon (or currently have felony charges pending against you)
  • have been convicted of certain misdemeanors in the past three years (or certain domestic violence or abuse crimes within the past eight years)
  • be subject to certain court orders (such as a restraining order)
  • have been dishonorably discharged from the armed services
  • not have been adjudicated mentally ill or legally incapacitated, involuntarily committed to a mental health facility, or currently suffer from a diagnosed mental illness (even if you are receiving treatment), and
  • pose a treat a danger to yourself or others if you were to possess a firearm.

Does Michigan Recognize Concealed Handgun Permits From Other States?

Yes. Michigan recognizes valid concealed handgun permits from other states. If you have a valid out-of-state license, you may carry a concealed weapon in Michigan as long as you follow the applicable Michigan gun-carry laws.

However, not all states recognize Michigan licenses. A current list of states that do (and do not) honor Michigan licenses is available at the Michigan State Attorney General’s website.

Penalties for Failing to Obtain a Concealed Handgun License

It is a felony to carry a firearm in Michigan without a license. Penalties include a fine of up to $2,500, up to five years in prison, or both. (Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 750.227.)

Getting Legal Help

If you have any questions about whether you are allowed to carry a gun in Michigan, or if you are facing charges for a gun permit violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer.

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