Wednesday, April 24, 2013

FAQ: What is the allowable blood alcohol content (BAC) while carrying a firearm?

Ask The Michigan Firearms Instructor

Q: If .08 is legally too high for blood alcohol level while driving, what is the limit for carrying a sidearm?

A: Two laws are relevant. For conceal carry (with a CPL) the BAC is 0.02. The only other provision for BAC - for non conceal carry - is the offense of possessing a firearm while intoxicated. Presumably, that limit is 0.08. Having said all of that, I do not advise one to carry a firearm if they have been drinking.

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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