MI State Police Firearm FAQ Legal Update - Open Carry LEGAL in MI and other good stuf
I printed one of these for each glovebox.
For a long time, most of us knew that there was no law prohibiting open carry in MI but it has been widely held that "they'll get you for something." (brandishing, breach of peace, etc). I don't know that I'm ready to walk to the mall OC, but it's nice to have the state police recognize that OC is not illegal here, (whether you have concealed permit or not). Should also dispel the rumors that an accidental flash of your gun while at the store is "brandishing." For anyone without a CPL that tries it: Don't forget that in a vehicle, it is defined as concealed whether you have it in plain sight or not. Without a CPL, you MUST secure the firearm, unloaded, in the trunk if you get in a car.
Firearms-related frequently raised issues
What follows are the short answers to those firearms-related questions most often asked by police officers and the public.
Open carry of firearms
Subject to MCL 750.234d, it is legal to carry a visible pistol in public.
Possession of a pistol belonging to another
Per MCL 28.432, a person with a Concealed Pistol License (CPL) may legally possess a properly registered pistol belonging to another. The owner need not be present.
Possession of pistols by non-residents
A resident of another state may possess a pistol in Michigan if they have a CPL issued by their state of residence (MCL 28.432 & MCL 28.432a). Without a CPL, a nonresident may not have a pistol in Michigan.
Safety Inspection Certificates
Michigan law does not require a person to have a copy of their certificate with their pistol after it has been registered; nor does the law require that a person keep a copy.
Transporting ammunition and long-guns
MCL 750.227d describes the lawful way to transport a shotgun or rifle. While they must be unloaded, they may be transported in the same case as ammunition (including loaded magazines).
CPL holders – required notifications
The notification requirements of MCL 28.425f only apply when a CPL holder is actually carrying a concealed pistol. Nothing in Michigan law allows an officer to search a CPL holder to determine whether they are carrying a pistol.
Also of interest to me was the transport of ammo and long-guns. I knew I've read it before that you could have loaded magazines in the same case as the gun, but just this past weekend my buddy swore that his instructor told him otherwise and cited some law#. We erred on the side of caution, but maybe I'll stick one of these in each gun case too for future reference.