Wednesday, April 24, 2013

FAQ: Is It Legal For My Friend To Carry A Handgun In My Vehicle If I Have A CPL?

Ask The Michigan Firearms Instructor

Q: I have a CPL and I carry a weapon all of the time. My girl has a weapon of her own but doesn't have her CPL (yet). Just to be sure, is it ok for her to have her weapon in the vehicle loaded and accessible while I'm in the vehicle?

A: Technically, she would be guilty of carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle. However, since you have a CPL, it would be legal for you to conceal carry (borrow) any handgun registered in Michigan. So, in this case you should be borrowing and carrying her handgun while the two of you are in the vehicle together.

I strongly suggest that your girlfriend enroll in a CPL Class and gets a license. If you were to exit the vehicle and leave her behind with her gun, she would be guilty of a felony (CCW).

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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