Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Michigan Firearms FAQ: Do I Need A License To Carry A Vietnam Era SKS Rifle?

Ask The Michigan Firearms Instructor

Q: I am a photographer creating a series in Detroit. In one of the images that I will be creating, I wanted to use the gun (SKS) that my dad brought back from Vietnam as a prop. I wasn't sure if this was something that I would need to get a permit for or what. I am not sure if its registered, its just always been on our wall growing up. If you can direct me in any way, I would appreciate it. Thank you.

A: Open Carry of rifles is legal in the state of Michigan. Rifles don't require registration or a permit to carry. I strongly urge that you spend some time getting acquainted with Michigan's firearm laws, especially gun free zones and proper transport in a vehicle, before embarking on your project.

In addition, I suggest that you carry your rifle on a sling and not be carrying it around in your hands. Moreover, I am not exactly sure of what activities you will be engaging in while "creating your series," but you may draw attention to yourself. As such, you may come into contact with law enforcement. You should prepare yourself for such an encounter by knowing the laws.

Don't take my advice as discouragement. I am a huge supporter of gun rights. However, I strongly feel that you should be prepared. If I can be of further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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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