Thursday, August 13, 2015

Ask CPL Instructor: If You Carry A Pistol In Your Hand To Your Front Door, Is That Brandishing?

Ask The Michigan Firearms Instructor
Q: Rick, I just saw this lady on the news saying she carries her gun in her hand while walking into her house. Is that brandishing?

A: PA 27 of 2015 went into effect on August 10th. As such, it amended MCL 750.234e to be written as the following:

"(1) Except as provided in subsection (2), a person shall not willfully and knowingly brandish a firearm in public.

(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to either of the following:

(a) A peace officer lawfully performing his or her duties as a peace officer.
(b) A person lawfully acting in self-defense or defense of another under the self-defense act, 2006 PA 309, MCL 780.971 to 780.974.

(3) A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or a fine of not more than $100.00, or both."

Furthermore, MCL 750.222 was also modified on August 10, 2015 by defining the term brandish as the following: "Brandish means to point, wave about, or display in a threatening manner with the intent to induce fear in another person."

Thus, In my non-legal opinion it should be legal to carry a firearm in your hand, presumably from your vehicle, as long as you are not intentionally trying to scare people while not engaged in the act of self-defense.

DISCLAIMER: This opinion is worth exactly what you paid for it - nothing. Read the cited statutes for yourself and consult with an attorney who specializes in this area of the law.

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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