It's Time to Opt-Out of Handgun Registration. Here's How.

UPDATE: On June 19th, 2018, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette published Opinion #7304 confirming the main points of this article. Our article on it is published here: Attorney General Opinion Confirms Major Paradigm Shift for Michigan Pistol Licensing and Registration.

NOTE: This article has nothing to do with carrying a concealed pistol or with carrying a pistol in a vehicle. This article deals ONLY with the various aspects of pistol licensing and subsequent registration.

Michigan is one of those pesky states with handgun registration. It's been around since about 1913,  which even predates New York's by about 18 years, and Hawaii's draconian registration requirement by about 35 years or so. Michigan was the first jurisdiction in the United States to have handgun registration.

No, the Michigan Supreme Court Did NOT Rule That Schools Can Ban Guns.

No, the Michigan Supreme Court did NOT rule that schools can ban guns.

Yes, you read that right, and despite all of the headlines saying the exact opposite, it’s true. In fact, the Court declined to even address the issue, which is why I now write this op-ed.

Last Friday, the Michigan Supreme Court published a 4-3 ruling finding that Clio Area School District’s weapons policies are not field preempted, but declined to address whether or not their policies are conflict preempted.

CPL Application Limit Eliminated

Yesterday, we let you know about an old law that we were able to get rid of in SB 219 (Ancient Time Bomb in Michigan Firearm Law Defused). Today, we would like to tell you about something else we were able to get into the bill.

Until yesterday, you could only apply for a Concealed Pistol License once per calendar year.  For most of us, this wasn't a big deal as we've never had a problem from our county clerk, however, it has been a big problem for some.

Ancient Time Bomb in Michigan Firearm Law Defused

Time Bomb

The repeal of the oldest active Michigan gun law was made effective today with Senate Bill 219, now Public Act 95 of 2017, going into effect. The bill makes numerous minor tweaks to the concealed pistol licensing statute; however, it also makes one major change to a law that was so dangerous, we've purposely kept quiet about it ... until now.

There's A Whole Lotta "Con Carry" Goin' On - Guide to Michigan's Constitutional Carry Legislation

* Please note that while Package #2 has seen movement, NOTHING HAS BEEN ENACTED into law yet. See this video on the legislative process. There is still much work to be done and MOC strongly recommends that people still apply for and renew their licenses, and that is very likely to continue even if some of this legislation is enacted.

The Gangbanger Protection Act of 2015

The circus returned to Lansing recently. The Gangbanger Protection Act of 2015 (Senate Bill 611) is an attack on everyone's fundamental human right to self-defense. This bill starts by repealing Michigan’s Self-Defense Act, which became law in 2006 with broad bipartisan support and was signed into law by then Governor Jennifer Granholm (D).  This bill would also repeal Castle Doctrine, which provides legal protections when defending oneself from a home invader. SB 611 would even make individuals who lawfully and reasonably defend their own lives or the lives of others, vulnerable to costly, damaging and often frivolous lawsuits.

About Michigan Open Carry, Inc.

     MOC is the premier organization in Michigan promoting the lawful open carry of a holstered handgun.  We also seek to enhance other gun rights related to carry for self-defense.  We were formed in March of 2009. MOC was started by a group of people on the Michigan Forum of opencarry.org (OCDO). OCDO was started by John Pierce and Mike Stollenwerk in 2004. These men are responsible for revitalizing the growing practice of the open carry of a handgun. Michigan is one of the fastest growing states in regards to the practice of open carrying a handgun.  The open carry movement is growing in the U.S., much like the Concealed carry movement has in the last 10 years.

The objectives of Michigan Open Carry are:

  • To educate and desensitize the public and members of the law enforcement community about the legality of the open carry of a handgun in public.
  • To exercise a natural right to self defense using the most efficient and common tool, a handgun.
  • To demonstrate to the public at large that gun owners are one of the most lawful segments of society and they have nothing to fear from the lawful carry of a firearm. 
  • To protect our right to self-defense.

Methods to accomplish objectives are:

Pages