Wednesday, May 8, 2013

FAQ: If I Apply For A Michigan CPL, Will Everyone In My Household Be Subjected To A Background Check?

Ask The Michigan Firearms Instructor
Q: I currently do not own a gun and am considering getting my CPL. When you apply for a CPL, do the police do a background search on just the individual applying for the CPL, or of everyone in the persons listed residence? My record is perfectly clean, and so is my family's, but I was just wondering if that's what accounts for the 3 month processing time in oakland county, or is it just due to a backlog?

A: Your local police department is not part of CPL licensing process, unless you include them because they are statutorily responsible for providing application kits to prospective applicants, which are also available online - Google "Michigan Concealed Pistol License Application."

Upon completion of a bona fide firearm safety class, you will submit your training certificate, a completed CPL application, and a filing fee to your County Clerk's office. Most offices are set up to process your fingerprints and your photo. The typical processing period stated - two to three months - is an estimate. Some counties are faster. Some are slower.

Only your background will be checked.

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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Phone: 313.733.74

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