This particular law says it's legal.
750.227d Transporting or possessing firearm in or upon motor vehicle or self-propelled vehicle designed for land travel; conditions; violation as misdemeanor; penalty.
(1) Except as otherwise permitted by law, a person shall not transport or possess in or upon a motor vehicle or any self-propelled vehicle
designed for land travel a firearm, other than a pistol
, unless the firearm is unloaded and is 1 or more of the following:
(a) Taken down.
(b) Enclosed in a case.
(c) Carried in the trunk of the vehicle.
(d) Inaccessible from the interior of the vehicle.
(2) A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or a fine of not more than $100.00, or both.
Add. 1981, Act 103, Eff. Mar. 31, 1982
© 2007 Legislative Council, State of Michigan
Car, Motorcycle (on or off road), Boat and Snowmobile, with or without CPL, rifles and shotguns must be unloaded and, see Sec. 227d. With CPL loaded pistol is OK.
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I’m an avid boater living in Grand Haven, MI. It’s not unusual to be confronted by Coast Guard Personnel in full combat uniform. Once while having a conversation with a blue shirt I disclosed the fact that I had a concealed weapons permit and was in fact carrying a Colt Mustang 380. He looked shocked and asked if he could see it. I carefully complied. A friend of mine insists that I did not have to disclose the fact that I was carrying. I believe I had to because the Coast Guard is the only armed service of the United States that has arresting power and the fact that he had a sidearm (he had just stepped off his zodiac patrol craft). Am I correct?
You asked a great question that I never thought about. It is really two questions.
Are coast guard personnel “peace officers” so that you have to immediately disclose that you are carrying concealed, and;
Can a person legally carry concealed in a motorized boat in Michigan?
The carry concealed statute requires you to disclose that you have a concealed weapon “immediately” when you are stopped by a “peace officer”. A peace officer includes “… an individual who is employed as a law enforcement officer… by …the United States, and who is required to carry a firearm in the course of his or her duties as a law enforcement officer.” The armed Coast Guardsman was a ‘peace officer’ and you had to disclose the fact that you were armed immediately upon being stopped by him. The definition of stopped has not been clarified by the courts. Clearly if you are operating a watercraft are and stopped by a patrol boat you have to disclose. If you fishing off one of the large perch boats and the boat is stopped, you do not have to disclose. The breakpoint is someplace in the middle and I don’t know where it will be drawn by the courts. If on the dock and in casual conversation, I think it is wise to disclose to the officer that you have a concealed weapon, even if not legally required to do so. It is more difficult to say whether it is legal to carry concealed in a boat. Your CPL authorizes you to carry a concealed pistol anywhere in the state, “except as otherwise provided by law”. Michigan law, MCL 324.40111(2) states, “Except as otherwise provided in this part or in a department order authorized under section 40107, a person shall not transport or have in possession a firearm in or upon a vehicle, unless the firearm is unloaded … in a motorized boat.” Similar statutes outlaw the carrying of a loaded firearm in an ORV (MCL 324.81133) or in a snowmobile (MCL 324.82126(1). These statutes were designed to stop poachers from shooting game from a motor vehicle, motor boat, ORV or snowmobile. But, their terms do not limit enforcement to that situation. The DNR has issued a written guidance to its officers not to enforce the above statutes against anyone with a Concealed Pistol License unless the person is using the handgun to hunt from a motor vehicle, boat, ORV or snowmobile. This has not been formalized into a “department order” so it does not control anyone but Conservation Officers. There is no such barrier for any other peace officer. A police officer or deputy sheriff could arrest you for violation of the motor vehicle, motor boat, ORV or snowmobile statute. I believe that the carry concealed statute was intended to supercede these laws. But it did not do so explicitly. Hopefully the legislature will correct these contradictions.
Based on the above "written Guidance", openly carrying should be OK. IMHO.
Subject to section 5o and except as otherwise provided by law, a license to carry a concealed pistol issued by the county
concealed weapon licensing board authorizes the licensee to do all of the following:
Carry a pistol concealed on or about his or her person anywhere in this state.
(b) Carry a pistol in a vehicle, whether concealed or not concealed, anywhere in this state.