The old saying "have gun will travel" takes on new meaning for Michigan residents who have concealed pistol licenses.
State Attorney General Bill Schuette has 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.
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 Nov. 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.
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