Wednesday, March 30, 2016

CPL FAQ: Do Michigan and Ohio Have Identical Handgun Carry Laws?

CPL FAQ: Do Michigan and Ohio Have Identical Handgun Carry Laws?

Q: I have a question on repository. I'm traveling to Ohio on Friday from Michigan. My understanding is that Ohio honors our CPL permits. My question is: Are the laws the same for most states or should I look up the laws for that state?

A: Your understanding is indeed correct; Michigan and Ohio have concealed handgun carry reciprocity. As such, residents from each state can visit the other state legally with concealed pistols.

However, the visitor to the other state must be mindful of the local gun laws and lethal force laws. Moreover, one should NOT assume that states - which might even share a geographical border with another reciprocal state - have the same exact laws.

It is the visitor's job to check for the differences before traveling. Gun laws can change suddenly. Ignorance of the law is not a valid excuse for running afoul of it. Granted, Michigan and Ohio have some legal similarities but they are not identical. Do your due diligence and have a safe trip!

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