Concealed Pistol License related FAQs

Q:  What kind of gun should I get?

A:  It depends on your comfort level.  Walker Firearm Training, LLC recommends that you carry the largest caliber gun that you can safely, comfortably, and confidently handle.  Once you are trained properly, find a gun range that rents guns.  You will have to experiment to find out what suits you.

Q:  Do I need a CPL to buy a gun?

A:  No.  A CPL allows you to carry the gun concealed in your vehicle or on your person.

Q:  If I get a CPL, can I shoot to kill ?

A:  No.  You can use your firearm to stop a threat and there are VERY SPECIFIC circumstances where you would be justified in shooting someone.

Q:  Can I shoot someone if I catch them breaking into my house, car, garage etc., etc.

A: NO.  UNDER MICHIGAN LAW,  YOU CAN NOT USE A FIREARM TO PROTECT PROPERTY.

Q:  When can I shoot someone without getting in trouble?

A:  There is no guarantee that you will not get in trouble and anyone who makes that guarantee to you is either misinformed, uninformed or dishonest.

If you shoot someone the incident will be investigated and you may be arrested.  If it is later determined that your actions were justified and you are exonerated, you can still be sued.

Q:  Why do I have to worry about being arrested and sued, I’m the good guy?

A:  Unfortunately, that is the reality of carrying a gun.  That is just how it is.

Q:  When am I justified in shooting someone?

A:  You should be in imminent and immediate danger with a fear of an immediate and impending assault with great bodily harm,  a sexual assault , or loss of life.

Q:  Can I shoot a dog or other animal?

A:  Yes, but only If you are being attacked by the animal.  You should also have a fear of death or serious injury from the attack.

Q:  My buddy shoots well, why can’t he teach me?

A:  The person teaching a concealed pistol license class must have a certification and teach a class that is recognized by the State of Michigan.

Q:  Some CPL instructors seem a little shady, how do I know who is legit?

A:  Your instructor should be able to show you proof of his certification to teach a CPL class.  The most common certs are NRA, National Rifle Association, Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners. (MCRGO) and  M.C.O.L.E.S. (Police Academy Instructors) certification.

IF THEY DO NOT SHOW THEIR CREDENTIALS THEY ARE PROBABLY NOT LEGITIMATE.

Also, ask him/her to tell you about the class they teach.  (see next question)

Q:  What should I expect from a CPL class.

A:  A legitimate class will be at least 8 hours long.  This is not optional, this is a state requirement.  You will also have to shoot a minimum of 30 rounds at a gun range.

In a legitimate class you will also learn:

*The safe storage, use and handling of a pistol.

* Ammo knowledge and shooting fundamentals.

*Pistol shooting positions.

*Firearms Law and the use of deadly force.

*Avoiding criminal attack and controlling a violent confrontation.

*Michigan Firearms law as it relates to the CPL holder.

Q: What is the difference between a CCW and a CPL

A:  CCW stands for carrying a concealed weapon.  This is a generic term that is still used because it is a known and familiar term.  What you are actually getting is a CPL, Concealed Pistol License.

Q:  I was convicted of a Felony, can I get a CPL?

A:  No.  You need to have your felony expunged before you get a CPL.  Consult an attorney, your local gun board or County Clerk for the latest info.

Q:  I was convicted of Domestic violence and/or I  have a PPO against me, can I get a Concealed Pistol License.

A:  No, you will need to resolve those issues before you apply.

Q:  I was convicted of Drunk Driving, can I get a CPL?

A:  Maybe, you may have to wait 3-8 years from your conviction date.  There are several misdemeanors that fit into this category.  Consult an Instructor, an Attorney or the Michigan State Police website for further information.

Q:  How long does it take to get a CPL?

A:  It depends on how long it takes to process your paperwork and do your background check.  Some of my students got CPL’s in less than a month.  Some students have told me they had to wait 5 or 6 months. In most instances you should expect a wait of about 1 month.

If you have an emergency or other extenuating circumstances and you need your Concealed  Pistol License  ASAP you should notify your County Clerk.  Some clerks offer an expedited license.

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