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1. Possession of legal handgun

  • 18 years old to own

  • 18  to purchase from a private party

  • 21 years old to purchase from a FFL dealer

  • 21 to purchase handgun ammunition

  • All handguns must be registered


2. Handgun Purchase and registration Requirements -  click to read more

3. Concealed Pistol Licensing Guide - click here

4. Concealed Pistol Facts and Information - click here

Safe Storage

5. Transporting a handgun means ----

The handgun is not accessible – meaning the handgun is gun a “gun box” and lock on gun or box

No ammunition in handgun or box

Place in trunk if available

Ammunition can be transported in another container/place

If I do not have a CPL permit, may I transport my pistol in a motor vehicle?

MCL 750.231a A person is now permitted to transport a pistol for a lawful purpose if the owner or occupant of the vehicle is the registered owner of the firearm and the pistol is unloaded and in a closed case in the trunk of the vehicle. If the vehicle does not have a trunk, the pistol may be in the passenger compartment of the vehicle unloaded and inaccessible to the occupants of the vehicle.

A 'lawful purpose' includes:

  • While en route to or from a hunting or target shooting area.

  • While transporting a pistol to or from home or place of business and a place of repair.

  • While moving goods from one place of residence or business to another place of residence or business.

  • While transporting a licensed pistol to or from a law enforcement agency for the purpose of having a safety inspection performed (registering the pistol) or to have a law enforcement official take possession of the pistol.

  • While en route to or from home or place of business to a gun show or place of purchase or sale.

  • While en route to or from home to a public shooting facility or land where the discharge of firearms is permitted.

  • While en route to or from home to private property where the pistol is to be used as permitted by law, rule, regulation, or local ordinance.

    Is an individual required to carry a copy of their Safety Inspection Certificate with them at a