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Shall Issue to Residents Only
Example Resident Permit:
Michigan State Police / County Gun Board
Permit Information and Requirements
Concealed pistol application kits are provided during normal business hours by the following:
• County sheriffs
• Local police agencies
• County clerks
• Applicant files their application with the county clerk in the county in which the individual resides. This must include: (1) a copy of the certificate of completion of the pistol safety training course, and (2) a passport quality photograph.
• Applicant pays a fee of $105 to the county clerk at time of filing.
• Applicant receives a receipt for payment.
• Applicant provides receipt and has fingerprints taken by sheriff department or a local law enforcement agency. However, the local agency may charge an additional $15 for the taking of the fingerprints. Some sheriff departments participate with a vendor to provide applicant finger printing. There is no additional charge for this service.
• Sheriff department or local police agency forwards fingerprints to the Michigan State Police for processing.
• Once county gun board receives the fingerprint comparison report, they will issue or deny the license within 45 days.
• In 2000, the legislature significantly amended Michigan’s firearms laws to make Michigan what is known as a “shall issue” state. Previously, county gun boards were given considerable discretion to issue concealed pistol permits and the decision often depended on a showing of need by the applicant, which varied from county to county. Public Act 381, which went into effect on July 1, 2001 changed that so that anyone who met the strict qualifications of the law would receive a concealed pistol permit.
Permit qualifies as a NICS check.
Application form, passport photo, training verification
Informing Law Enforcement of Carry
You must immediately, pre-emptively notify law enforcement that you are carrying.
Pistols (if you have no valid permit): closed case designed for the storage of firearms; and in the trunk, or for a vehicle which does not have a trunk, where the closed case designed for the storage of firearms is not readily accessible to the occupants of the vehicle
Places off-limits when carrying
1. Schools or school property but may carry while in a vehicle on school property while dropping off or picking up if a parent or legal guardian
2. Public or private day care center, public or private child caring agency, or public or private child placing agency.
3. Sports arena or stadium
4. A tavern where the primary source of income is the sale of alcoholic liquor by the glass consumed on the premises
5. Any property or facility owned or operated by a church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or other place of worship, unless the presiding official allows concealed weapons
6. An entertainment facility that the individual knows or should know has a seating capacity of 2,500 or more
7. A hospital
8. A dormitory or classroom of a community college, college, or university
9. A Casino
10.”Weapons are not permitted in any courtroom, office, or other space used for official court business or by judicial employees unless the chief judge or other person designated by the chief judge has given prior approval consistent with the court’s written policy.”
Note: This does not include the parking areas of the places listed above in 1 through 8.
Pistol free zones do not apply to any of the following:
• A licensee who is a retired police officer or retired law enforcement officer. The concealed weapon licensing board may require a letter from the law enforcement agency stating that the retired police officer or law enforcement officer retired in good standing.
• An individual who is licensed as a private investigator or private detective under the private detective license Act, 1965 PA 285, MCL 338.821 to 338.851.
Note: An individual licensed to carry a concealed pistol shall not possess a concealed pistol on their person or motor vehicle while they have any bodily alcohol content (.02 bodily alcohol content [BAC] or above) or a controlled substance. Additional details and penalties may be found here.
Deadly Force / Castle Doctrine
Michigan is a castle doctrine state and deadly force can be used to defend yourself or others from bodily harm. See laws for more info or click here for information from the Michigan Legislature.
Michigan is a traditional open carry state. Open carry is more common in rural areas. You may NOT open carry in a car without a permit. However, Michigan recognizes the resident permits of all 50 states.
Localities with Varying Laws
Michigan has pre-emption, localities are prohibited from enacting more stringent laws.