Thursday, May 9, 2013

FAQ: How To Legally Transport A Handgun In A Vehicle In The State of Michigan?

Ask The Michigan Firearms Instructor
Q: I'm new to owning a handgun and I just wanted to make sure that I'm transporting it in my vehicle correctly. How should it be done?

A: If you have a Michigan Concealed Pistol License, there is no legally prescribed way for the handgun to be secured in your vehicle. Use your best judgement.

However, if you do not have a Michigan Concealed Pistol License, there is a specific manner in which the handgun can be legally transported:

750.231a Exceptions to MCL 750.227

(2); definitions. Sec. 231a. (d) To a person while transporting a pistol for a lawful purpose that is licensed by the owner or occupant of the motor vehicle in compliance with section 2 of 1927 PA 372, MCL 28.422, and the pistol is unloaded in a closed case designed for the storage of firearms in the trunk of the vehicle.

(e) To a person while transporting a pistol for a lawful purpose that is licensed by the owner or occupant of the motor vehicle in compliance with section 2 of 1927 PA 372, MCL 28.422, and the pistol is unloaded in a closed case designed for the storage of firearms in a vehicle that does not have a trunk and is not readily accessible to the occupants of the vehicle.

So, if you do not have a CPL then you should completely unload your pistol, put it in a gun case, and put the gun in the trunk. If you don't have a trunk, put it as far as possible from the driver in your vehicle, so that it is not readily accessible.

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.

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Phone: 313.733.74

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