Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Michigan Weapons FAQ: Can I Legally Carry A Three Inch Knife In A Case Displayed On My Waist?

Ask The Michigan Firearms Instructor
Q: I have a question regarding knives. In the state of Michigan, if I am in possession of a single edged folding knife that is less than 3 inches that is in a sheath but the sheath is openly carried on my belt is that considered carrying a concealed weapon? Could a LEO jam me up on this?

A: Michigan does not have a state-wide preemption law for knives. As such, any city or county in the state could have an ordinance outlawing your method of carrying your specified knife. So, the answer to your question is an unsatisfying "It depends."

For a good reference site on Michigan's state-level knife laws which includes MCL references and some case law, visit KnifeUp.

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
Web: http://www.detroitccw.com.
Email: info@detroitccw.com
Phone: 313.733.74

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