Friday, May 24, 2013

Michigan CPL FAQ: Can I Legally Carry A Displayed Pistol While Riding My Bicycle On School Property?

Ask The Michigan Firearms Instructor
Q: I was bike riding with my son today. We always cut through a school parking lot. I had my weapon exposed on my hip and now realize that doing so could be trouble??? Is it?

A: At any time that your feet are not physically touching the ground, you are carrying a concealed firearm in the eyes of the law regardless of whether the firearm is visible to the public. As such, you need to be issued a Concealed Pistol License if you are going to be riding a bicycle while armed.

In addition, it is not allowed under current Michigan law to carry a concealed pistol while on school property. However, persons with a CPL can legally "Open Carry" on school property. So, the solution to your situation of riding your bicycle while armed on school property is to either not ride your bicycle on school property while armed OR to get off of your bicycle and walk while armed (open carrying) on school property.

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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