Thursday, May 23, 2013

Michigan CPL FAQ: Can I Carry A Loaded Handgun On My Vacation To Ohio?

Ask The Michigan Firearms Instructor
Q: What up Rick? Hope all is well. I'm one of your fans who repects your activism in proper firearm use and educating our community on the benefits of personal protection. I got a question: my wife and I are traveling to Ohio for the weekend. Can I take my firearm, unloaded, and in different areas of the vehicle into the state of Ohio?....Thanks.

A: Michigan has conceal carry reciprocity with Ohio. As such, you can legally carry your handgun across the Ohio state line and use it for defensive purposes throughout your visit.

To specifically answer your question, your handgun can be loaded in your vehicle, if you have a Michigan CPL.

Moreover, there are many differences between Michigan and Ohio law that relate to carrying and transporting a firearm.

You will need to do research to determine those differences. Make sure you visit the Ohio Attorney General's page and the Ohio State Police page on the Internet. Pay close attention to the following: Lethal Force, Police Stops, and Pistol-FREE Zones.

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.

For more info about free shooting lessons for women and Michigan CCW Classes, please contact:

Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit
Phone: 313.733.74

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