Mr. Smith: I don't have a concealed pistol license, can I still carry a concealed pistol?
Mr. Wesson: Yes, but in very limited situations.
Mr. Smith: Wait a minute, hold on now. I thought you had to have a Concealed Pistol License to Carry a concealed pistol?
Mr. Wesson: Well, that's not entirely true. Here is why.
Hello everyone, my name is Joseph Radzwion IV, Your Trusted Attorney with Radzwion Law, PLLC and this post we are looking at how a citizen can legally concealed carry without a concealed pistol license.
Under MCL 750.227, a citizen may carry a concealed pistol in (1) their dwelling house, (2) their place of business, or (3) on other land possessed by the person, without a license to carry the pistol as provided by law.
As of the time of this post, these are the three, areas where a resident of Michigan may carried a concealed pistol WITHOUT a CPL; in their home, in their place of business or on other land possessed by the citizen. Remember, the legal system always makes it your responsibility to know the current law.
This one is the easiest to understand. If the citizen's name is on the deed to the property, or the lease agreement to the apartment, the citizen will be able to concealed carry within their home. The law tends to allow for your dwelling house to be more then the address on your driver's license. A dwelling could be a long term or short term place that a citizen has made their domicile.
Place of Business
This one is mostly straight forward. If a citizen owns a business, they will be able to carry concealed without a CPL. But what about employees? Well there are some exceptions within the law that may allow employees to do so, but there are certain requirements that must be met first. That is a topic for a different post.
Other Land Possessed
This one is the trickiest of the three and caution should be used when seeking to apply this area of the law. Other Land Possessed can be interpreted many ways. Land possession has been argued as "someone who has a possessory or ownership type interest in the land." A citizen's safest position would be to have a document like a deed, or lease proving they are the owner or leasee of the property.
Tip to Think like a Lawyer
Understand where the boundaries of your property line. If a citizen who is carrying concealed without a CPL leaves any of the three areas described above, they can be charged with a CCW which is a Felony here in Michigan. To learn more on what a CCW Felony Charge is, CLICK HERE
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