Q: Do I need to let the police know that I have a CPL and that I am armed if they around me?
A: According to MCL 28.425
"(3) An individual licensed under this act to carry a concealed pistol and who is carrying a concealed pistol or a portable device that uses electro-muscular disruption technology and who is stopped by a peace officer shall immediately disclose to the peace officer that he or she is carrying a pistol or a portable device that uses electro-muscular disruption technology concealed upon his or her person or in his or her vehicle."
If the police are merely around you, you do not have an obligation to go up to them and announce that you have a CPL and are armed. In fact, you might even irritate them by doing do.
However, if you are on foot or in a vehicle, and if they STOP you, then YES, you have a duty to IMMEDIATELY disclose your status if you are carrying a concealed pistol or TASER. Moreover, if you summon the police or if the police wish to specifically talk to you about an investigation they are conducting, IMMEDIATELY disclose that you are carrying a concealed pistol or TASER.
"(1) An individual who is licensed under this act to carry a concealed pistol shall have his or her license to carry that pistol in his or her possession at all times he or she is carrying a concealed pistol or a portable device that uses electro-muscular disruption technology.
(2) An individual who is licensed under this act to carry a concealed pistol and who is carrying a concealed pistol or a portable device that uses electro-muscular disruption technology shall show both of the following to a peace officer upon request by that peace officer:
(a) His or her license to carry a concealed pistol.
(b) His or her driver license or Michigan personal identification card."
In general, I don't go out of my way to speak to LEOs unless I know them personally. If anything, it's a passing salutation.
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