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.