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    I know how to transport a gun in Michigan as far as in the trunk, closed case, etc. But I see that you have to have "legal reasons" to transport the gun. If you are going to open carry at lets say the local Walmart, is putting your gun in the trunk while going there and back a "legal reason".
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    Who needs a legal reason to have a firearm? That's why it's called a right.
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    A person is now permitted to transport a pistol for a lawful purpose if the owner or occupant of the vehicle is the registered owner of the firearm and the pistol is unloaded and in a closed case in the trunk of the vehicle. If the vehicle does not have a trunk, the pistol may be in the passenger compartment of the vehicle unloaded and inaccessible to the occupants of the vehicle. The law defines ‘lawful purpose’ as: 1) While en route to or from a hunting or target shooting area. 2) While transporting a pistol to or from home or place of business and a place of repair. 3) While moving goods from one place of residence or business to another place of residence or business. 4) While transporting a licensed pistol to or from a law enforcement agency for the purpose of having a safety inspection performed (registering the pistol) or to have a law enforcement official take possession of the pistol. 5) While en route to or from home or place of business to a gun show or place of purchase or sale. 6) While en route to or from home to a public shooting facility or land where the discharge of firearms is permitted. 7) While en route to or from home to private property where the pistol is to be used as permitted by law, rule, regulation, or local ordinance.

    I have heard those are only examples but none of them include transporting it for the sole purpose of carrying it.
    "No state shall convert a liberty to a privilege, license it, and charge a fee therefor.- Murdock vs Pennsylvania 319 US 105

    ...If the state converts a right into a privelege, the citizen can ignore the license and fee and engage in the right... with impunity.
    - Shuttleworth vs City of Birmingham, Alabama 317 US 262

    Where rights secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no legislation which would abrogate them.
    - Miranda vs Arizona 384 US 436

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    xmanhockey7 wrote:
    I have heard those are only examples but none of them include transporting it for the sole purpose of carrying it.
    The wording of that actual law uses the word "includes" to describe those things. According to lawyers I have talked to, it is therefore only a partial list of what constitutes a lawful purpose. So long as you aren't violating other laws (such as by parking at a hospital or a liquor license establishment or church or other criminal empowerment zone), a non CPL holding Michigan handgun owner can have an unloaded and cased handgun in his or her trunk all the time.

    Walmart by the way has a liquor license, and is therefore off limits for carry or even parking in their lot without a CPL with how Michigan's asinine laws are arranged. A non CPL holder with a pistol in his or her trunk would have to park off the property, leaving the gun in the trunk.


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