Regarding Your Concealed Pistol License And Controlled Substances

A Review Of The Rules Regarding Your Michigan CPL And Controlled Substances

Michigan Coalition For Responsible Gun Owners
Michigan Coalition For Responsible Gun Owners

Michigan – -( – MCL 28.425k covers alcohol. The limit is a BAC (Bodily Alcohol Content) of .02. This is essentially a zero-tolerance standard.

It is much lower than the standard of .08 for driving a car. The law says that you may not carry a conealed pistol if your BAC is at, or above, .02. The penalties get stiffer as the BAC numbers go up:

.02 – .079: Civil infraction, $100 maximum fine. CPL revocation for up to 1 year (note that your local county gun board may elect to treat this as evidence that you are a danger to yourself or others and permanently revoke your CPL.)

.08 – .099: Misdemeanor. 93 days in jail maximum. $100 fine maximum. 3-year CPL revocation.

.10 and above: Misdemeanor. 93 days in jail maximum. $100 fine maximum. Permanent CPL revocation.

The law also contains essentially the same language as the statute controlling the Michigan’s Driver’s License with respect to tests of breath, blood, urine. So, a refusal to provide a sample upon request of a law enforcement officer who has probable cause, results in suspenstion or revocation of your CPL.

The statute also states: “(3) This section does not prohibit an individual licensed under this act to carry a concealed pistol who has any bodily alcohol content from transporting that pistol in the locked trunk of his or her motor vehicle or another motor vehicle in which he or she is a passenger or, if the vehicle does not have a trunk, from transporting that pistol unloaded in a locked compartment or container that is separated from the ammunition for that pistol or on a vessel if the pistol is transported unloaded in a locked compartment or container that is separated from the ammunition for that pistol.”

So, if you find yourself deciding to have a drink at a holiday party. You may put your pistol in what is commonly referred to as “Transport Mode” and be sure that you stay below the .08 BAC limit for operating a motor vehicle if you are going to drive yourself home.

As always, be safe! Responsible gun owners know that alcohol and gun powder do not mix. The majority of accidental discharge stories begin with a bottle being opened. MCRGO members have an outstanding safety record. Let’s keep it that way.

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Tracy Smart

I have a question for anyone that can answer it; I'm currently on three medications; Adderall XR, Klonopin, and Cymbalta. My husband has told me I wouldn't be able to get my CWP because two of these meds are controlled substances. He has his. I may not be able to get my CWP but will I ever be able to purchase a gun? My background is clean. Is there any way that I can go get my CWP?? I'm in South Carolina. Thank you for reading


I think this is getting pretty petty. IMHO most people with a CPL know their limit while carrying and act/drink responsably. The politicans who dreamed up this new "law" should have the same imposed on them when their on the job except if they get caught it's twice the fines and perminate loss of job.

Our "represenatives" keep dreaming up way to deny us our rights given to by both the U.S. and Michigan Constitutions.

Ricardo Pacetti


Did you guys support the BAC .02 level and if so why would you do that.