I am pleased there has been an outpouring of interest in Open Carry in recent weeks. I suppose a number of events inspired this:
*The tragic shooting that took place in Connecticut just over a week ago.
* The veto of SB 59.
* Talks (once again) of increased gun control.
I say the lawful open carry of a holstered handgun is the single most effective way to exercise and defend your second amendment rights. It tells those around you: "When you talk of more gun control, you're talking about taking away freedoms from normal, respectable people like me." This sends a powerful message, no longer is the conversation about nameless and faceless "gun owners". The conversation starts taking a face; that face is the face of law abiding, respecting, and respectable people they see in their everyday lives.
BEFORE ANY NEW PEOPLE START TO OPEN CARRY, it is VITALLY important you understand the laws in Michigan about Open Carry first. This is a personal effort that will likely consume several hours of your own time. If you're not willing to invest this time, I ask you this for your own well being: please do NOT openly carry. That goes double if you do not possess a Concealed Pistol License (CPL). It is easy to break the law merely by openly carrying if you do not know what you are doing and do not understand the laws. The consequences of breaking this laws not only include fines and jail time, but possibly losing precious rights to own and carry firearms for several years or worse yet the rest of your entire life. That's why it is that important that you know the laws before you openly carry.
We have done a fair amount of work for you in this regard. We have compiled a large amount of information in this Forum Thread:
This thread is not intended to be legal advice or a substitute for legal advice. Rather this thread is intended to be a start for your own research. Ultimately, you are responsible for your understanding of the law. If you seek legal advice we know several attorneys who specialize in firearms laws that you can consult (most likely) for a fee:
So please, before you go out armed openly carrying, first arm yourself with an understanding of the law.
Phillip L. Hofmeister
Michigan Open Carry, Inc.
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