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Michigan Becomes First State to Achieve Maximum Reciprocity for Concealed Carry Across the Nation

November 28th, 2011

MUCC applauds Attorney General Bill Schuette, who today announced that Michigan has achieved full reciprocity for concealed carry with every state that has a “shall issue” concealed carry law on the books, for a total of 40 states, including Michigan. As a result of agreements negotiated and signed by the Attorney General’s Office, Michigan holders of concealed pistol licenses (CPL) can lawfully carry in 40 states without obtaining separate licenses for each state. To date, Michigan is the first and only state to achieve maximum reciprocity for its CPL holders.

“The right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental freedom enshrined in our Constitution,” said Schuette. “I am proud to be an aggressive defender of our Second Amendment freedoms.”

Schuette noted that Michigan CPL holders who wish to carry a concealed weapon in another state are responsible for complying with the laws of that state. Conversely, residents of states that exercise reciprocity with Michigan are responsible for complying with Michigan laws restricting where pistols may be carried, requiring disclosure to a peace officer when stopped, and prohibiting carrying while under the influence.

Maine was the final eligible state to sign an agreement with Michigan. In addition, Wisconsin enacted new law permitting reciprocity with Michigan that became effective on November 1, 2011, a change which is significant for CPL holders in the Upper Peninsula.

The 39 states practicing CPL reciprocity with Michigan include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont [does not require permits for residents or nonresidents], Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Schuette noted that if any additional states move to enact concealed carry laws that would allow reciprocity agreements with Michigan in the future, his office will work to achieve agreements with those states.

If you don’t already have your CPL, contact your local rod and gun club. Many of them host pistol safety training classes or can put you in touch with a local instructor. The Michigan State Police website has more information on the requirements.

  • Daniel Jacobs1

    do you feel lucky today punk! make my day!

  • Don

    This is the way it should be in all states!!!

  • Sharonbendele

    Yea! I LOVE THIS! Way to go Mr. Schuette!!!!

  • Streamster48

    Michigan is fortunate to have so many outstanding state office holders who cherish and respect the second amendment, I solute them all!! THANK YOU!!!

  • Uncled2010

    what is the easiest and best way to obtain the restrictions of other states?

  • Terry Langlois

    I was for years a member of the MUCC and am confused as to when it became an arm of the NRA? I now reside in FL. and have a CPL (CCW), so I am not anti carrying, but feel that this is misplaced.

    • Streamster48

      Why so confusing Terry???? Firearms, Hunting, Fishing, and self protection have always gone hand in hand. It’s only obvious that they all harbor the same enemy!! If you can’t have a firearm, you certainly cannot hunt. Any organization that supports freedom in any way is just fine with me. You should probably notice that the anti-hunting and anti-gun organizations work hand in hand in most instances, so why not the right side of the issue?? I want MUCC and the NRA to make sure that I always have my God given right to carry my pistol for protection while I’m fishing for my favorite game fish. Why would you want to point this out as a issue anyway Terry?? Sometimes we are are own worst enemy!

  • Terry

    Streamster:
    I have been a member of MUCC for 20 years now and maintain my membership. Firearms and fishing linked?? I use a pole, line and hook. Hunting and self-protection, from a wild buck?
    It is NOT obvious as you state, that the ENEMY?? is the same. I do not own an AK-47 to hunt deer or pigs with, do you? How many rounds must you have in your weapon? If you needed more than two, I was taught, than you were a poor shot and needed to get out of the woods and onto the range for some practice. So please name the anti-gun and the anti-hunting groups and see if they really are one and the same.
    I am not against guns, nor against hunting or fishing (with a pole). I am against a pistol with a 30 round clip. I am against AR type assault weapons NOT designed for hunting.
    I am probably from a different era where real men didn’t need a 50 shot clip to kill a deer. Good luck to yours.

  • Streamster48

    Terry, you just don’t get it do you?? The second amendment is not about hunting it’s about one’s self protection from ALL enemy’s both foreign and demestic. And yes, down south the types of firearms you seem to resent are used alot for keeping the wild Hog populations under control. BUT it’s not about hunting!!!!! If you look into PETA’s, the national human society, and the Brady organizations agenda you would see that they all agree on those issues!! And who the Hell are you to tell me I should not be allowed to own my AK’s and AR15′s for any reason???? I’ve been a member of MUCC and the NRA for 36 years and they do a wonderful job working together for our hunting and fishing freedoms as well as our second amendment rights, and I hope that always remains the case!!
    I’m not going to wish you good luck, that would hinder Americas freedoms.

  • Nbuildermatt

    Now for the rest of the states.

  • Anonymous

    Well done Schuette. This is the time when I am glad you are the AG. I just wish you could loosen up a little about medical marijuana.

  • Al

    As a CHL instructor from Texas in our state’s first instructor class–and a non-hunter, I would like to weigh in on this discussion. The right to carry laws came about when it became clear in Florida that the police couldn’t protect it’s citizens from the violence. Violent crime went down 25% the first year, and the other states started to fall in line. Countries that ban guns are paying the price. Gun Control is not about guns–it’s about control. Big government likes to control. Free people like to not be controlled. I probably don’t need my AR-15, or a 17 round mag, but I want that to be my choice, and not some liberal Democrat’s choice. The operative word in this discussion is FREEDOM.

    • Streamster48

      Thank you Al,
      I love plinking with my AR and AK, and it’s my right and or choice to have them, not the Governments right to make that decision for me! As a police officer I have not had to use my body armor, but it’s sure nice to know it’s there just in case! :-)

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