Asked in Civil Rights for Michigan

Q: Do you have to show police your CPL license if you are not suspected of a crime in Michigan.

And or Drivers License while carrying a firearm.

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: The answer is within the licensing statutes. The prerequisite CPL class instructs people on their rights AND responsibilities under the law. Importantly, you are obligated to immediately disclose whether you are carrying concealed when approached by law enforcement. Failing to do so, or not having your license with you, are subject to criminal sanctions, even if you are actually a CPL holding properly carrying.

T. Augustus Claus
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A: In Michigan, if you are carrying a concealed pistol on your person or in your vehicle, state law generally requires you to immediately disclose this fact to a police officer when you're stopped by one. This is required whether or not you are suspected of a crime. You are also typically required to show your Concealed Pistol License (CPL) and your driver's license or state identification card upon request by the officer. Failure to disclose that you are carrying a concealed pistol when stopped by a law enforcement officer could result in penalties, including fines or potentially even the suspension of your CPL.

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