Michigander wrote:See MCRGO.orgI don't have a CPL, nor intend to get one, but I like the woods. Are there any laws to worry about in these places? Obviously Michigan's lack of open carry law might not have to do with an area owned by the feds if federal law is more strict. And I've noticed that at state parks there are little signs that say if you carry a gun just to carry while you are on state park property that your gun must be unloaded in the barrel and magazine.
Can anybody give me some info about carry regs when I'm in Government owned woods but not hunting?
Some time back I believe that the MI attorney general issued an opinion restricting CPL holders to carrying their weapons UNLOADED while in state parks. With all the changes in carry laws and in light of the pending National Park proposal, I would like to know if this still holds true? Can you clarify how the law applies regarding all parks?
Firearms are allowed in National Forests but prohibited in National Parks. Federal law requires hunters on federal land to comply with the hunting laws of the state in which the federal land sits. The law of the State of Michigan allows hunters with CPLs to carry a concealed pistol while hunting. Therefore, Federal law allows hunters on Federal land in Michigan who have a CPL to carry a concealed pistol while hunting. The Department of Natural Resources regulations require a person to have a valid Michigan hunting license if carrying a firearm in an area inhabited by wildlife. DNR also prohibits loaded guns in State Parks. Both of these laws were modified by 2004 PA 129 and 130 to exempt CPL holders as long as you are not attempting to take game. See MCL §324.43510 and MCL 324.504. You can now carry in a State Park the same as you carry other public places.