Statewide Handgun Regulations

The rules listed below may not apply to those having a concealed pistol license (CPL) or those specifically exempt by law from a CPL and carrying their handgun in accordance with their license or exemption.

  • A person must be at least 18 years of age to hunt with (possess) a handgun.
  • Handguns cannot be borrowed or loaned to another person other than provided for under the CPL.
  • While in the field, handguns must be carried in plain view. Carrying a handgun in a holster in plain view is permitted.
  • You may transport your registered handguns while en route to and from your hunting or target shooting area; however, handguns, including BB guns larger than .177 caliber and all pellet guns, must be unloaded and in a closed case designed for the storage of firearms and cannot be readily accessible to any occupant of the vehicle.
  • It is a crime for certain felons to possess firearms, including rifles and shotguns, in Michigan.
  • Nonresidents must have a CPL or a license to purchase, carry or transport issued by their home state in their possession in order to legally carry or transport a handgun in Michigan.

For more information regarding statewide handgun regulations, obtaining a CPL, or concealed weapons and firearms laws, contact your local police department.