Tuesday, April 23, 2013

FAQ: Does Your Handgun Have to Either Be Completely Open Carried or Completely Concealed?

Ask The Michigan Firearms Instructor

Q: I was wearing an IWB (Inside The Waist-Band) holster today with my shirt tucked in and the top of my weapon showing. An officer told me I could not wear it exposed like that. It had to either be concealed 100% or open 100% and I wanted to get the true answer from you.

A: Wearing a holstered handgun inside the waistband is technically concealed carry and as such requires a Concealed Pistol License (CPL). If you have a CPL, there is no legal issue with your decision to carry your handgun in that fashion in the state of Michigan. Thus, you were given bad advice from the "helpful" officer.

Disclaimer
You are strongly encouraged to not only conduct your own independent research but to also consult with a competent and qualified attorney before acting upon any information in this article. Laws covering self-defense, lethal force, firearms, and the Michigan Concealed Pistol License and their enforcement are always subject to change due to laws being amended, politics conducted in the Prosecutor's Office, and election results at all levels of government. Ignorance of the law, legally speaking, is not a valid excuse for running afoul of it. The penalties and fines imposed upon violators of firearms related offenses are stiff and severe.

About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

For more info about free shooting lessons for women and Michigan CCW Classes, please contact:

Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit
Web: http://www.detroitccw.com.
Email: info@detroitccw.com
Phone: 313.733.7404
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