ironmonk wrote:Per MCRGO:Hi all,
I regularly visit Kensington Metropark in Livingston County as well as Spring Mill State Park right next to it. I run, bicycle and surf (stand up paddleboard) in these two parks all the time. What are the laws about carrying in the either a metropark or a state park? I am a CPL holder...so Im looking for the legalities of both carrying concealed and open. My CPL instructor briefly covered it...but he also said that allowing the weapon to be seen in any way as well as allowing the imprint of the weapon to be seen through clothing were both considered brandishing...and could lose me my license, so Im not 100% positive how accurate his intel is. Any further, more solid info would be greatly appreciated.
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.