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Voting While Armed FAQs

Well, it's almost time again for everyone to head to the polls and cast their votes for their favorite political horses. 

That also means we get a lot of questions about open and concealed carry while voting. Given the current political climate and a new ruling from the Michigan Supreme Court, it's completely understandable that people are looking to make an informed decision about their own personal protection. 

To help everyone out, we've listed answers to a few frequently asked questions on the topic.

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.

Possessing a Medical Marijuana Card Does Not Make You A Prohibited Person

Recently, our friends over at MCRGO published an article titled Medical Marijuana, Gun Ownership, and CPLs. In the article, they attempted to tackle the complex interaction of state and federal law as they relate to firearm and marijuana possession and licensing in Michigan.

While the article ultimately avoids providing any definitive answers, it does suggest that federal law may get in the way of licensing Michigan Medical Marijuana Act cardholders, and specifically says that one is “stepping into a gray area” when you fill out state forms for a License to Purchase a pistol or a Concealed Pistol License, and have to answer the “marijuana question”. We disagree.

Join Us in the Fight for Your Gun Rights

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