Wednesday, April 24, 2013

FAQ: Is It Unlawful For Me To Conceal Carry My Firearm While In The Presence Of A Felon?

Ask The Michigan Firearms Instructor

Q: I recently started carrying two firearms. When I drive I usually keep one on my hip and the other under my seat or on my lap. My brother often rides in the car with me (he is a convicted felon). My question is what will happen if I'm stopped by police with two guns in my vehicle and they realize my brother is a convicted felon? will I be in trouble for having him with me or having guns around him? Thanks in advance Rick

A: As you are aware, it is unlawful for a felon to be in possession of a firearm. It is also unlawful for a person to knowingly give a firearm to a felon. Thus, if you are armed and you are in the presence of a felon, you must exercise due caution that your brother does not have possession or access to your firearm. For example, if you exited your vehicle while leaving both your brother and a firearm behind, the two of you could be in legal trouble. So, be careful and use your best judgement.

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.

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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.

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