Wednesday, April 24, 2013

FAQ: Is It Unlawful To Carry A Handgun In A School (K-12)?

Ask The Michigan Firearms Instructor

Q: Rick, is there a law in Michigan that states that a person cannot carry OPENLY in a school? I haven't found it, but from talking to people it seems like there is.

A: In general, Michigan schools are gun free zones unless you have an exemption. There is an exemption in the law that allows CPL-holders to carry handguns in a school (K-12) ONLY IF they open carry. Also, there was some head-way last session to outlaw OC in pistol-free zones via SB59. That effort was vetoed by the Governor. Moreover, Google "Michigan State Police Legal Update #86" for a concise summary of MI firearm laws with MCL citations.

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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