MCRGO: Carrying While Wearing a Mask in Michigan Not Illegal

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MCGO reports that the rumors concerning the legality of wearing a mask and carrying a gun are false. IMG iStock-884193816

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Personally, I wasn't aware of the rumor reported by the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners, but given the average person's perception of a ‘masked gunman,' it's understandable that people could be confused on the matter. Thank goodness it's not because it would be incredibly unjust and de-facto ban carry in areas where masks are mandated. The folks at MCRGO give the full breakdown below.

This past week, the ‘face mask while carrying' topic has popped up on social media for a third time after making the rounds in early May and late June. MCRGO has had more inquiries on this issue than any other in recent months. And they keep coming.

Michigan Compiled Laws 750.396 says, “A person who intentionally conceals his or her identity by wearing a mask or other device covering his or her face for the purpose of facilitating the commission of a crime is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 93 days or a fine of not more than $500.00, or both.”

Consequently, a person legally carrying a firearm while wearing a face mask who is not facilitating the commission of a crime is not subject to the legal penalties for wearing a face mask in Michigan. While the false information spreading online appears to be targeting mask requirements, it has the unfortunate effect of deterring people from carrying outside the home for self-defense.


Michigan Coalition For Responsible Gun Owners

About MCRGO:

The Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners is a non-profit, non-partisan organization. Formed from just eight people in 1996, we now have thousands of members and numerous affiliated clubs across the state. We’re growing larger and more effective every day.Our mission statement is: “Promoting safe use and ownership of firearms through education, litigation, and legislation.”

For more information, visit their website.

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Accountability365
Accountability365
16 days ago

It seems there is a lingering risk of being charged for wearing a mask when the definition of a “crime” is constantly being re-defind. Does violation of Whitmer’s mask order rise to that possibility? Does the propensity of DAs to charge a concealed carry with brandishing or other when used for self defense give rise to facilitating a crime? The opportunity for abuse seems to be significant.

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
16 days ago

Wearing a mask in Oklahoma is only illegal if it is used (or is intended to be used) in a crime. Wearing a mask for legitimate purposes – medical reasons, painting, construction work, etc – is absolutely not illegal (IS perfectly legal) in Oklahoma. The two laws (masks, and constitutional carry of firearms) are unrelated and independent of each other.

Knute
Knute
16 days ago
Reply to  JoeUSooner

But would you be willing to trust your life and your freedom to the opinions of what your intentions might, or might not, have been, to a prosecutor like Kim Gardner in St. Louis?
https://www.ammoland.com/2020/07/the-charge-against-st-louis-couple-for-defending-their-home/#axzz6SsXfDQOi
Franlky, I’d consider that a poor bet.

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
16 days ago
Reply to  Knute

Luckily, although our prosecutors here in Oklahoma are not perfect, we absolutely do not HAVE any as idiotic, wicked or egregiously evil as Gardner. So far, so good.

Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
16 days ago

If everybody is wearing a mask, you can’t tell the good guys from the bad guys. Betcha robberies go up in States and places where you can’t carry, Like Maryland, New Jersey, NYC, Hawaii, etc.

Just1Saddletramp
Just1Saddletramp
16 days ago
Reply to  Ryben Flynn

It is hard to distinguish the good guys from the bad guys whether they are wearing a mask or not until they point a firearm at you and demand whatever you might have

Last edited 16 days ago by Just1Saddletramp
Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
16 days ago

Not illegal in South Carolina. “Accordingly, there is no South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP) law that prohibits a South Carolina CWP holder from wearing a mask to comply with a city or a county health ordinance or to help stop the spread of COVID-19 while carrying a concealed weapon in South Carolina,” the SLED statement said. There’s nothing on the books stopping someone with a Concealed Weapons Permit from packing heat while wearing a mask, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson said in a statement to WYFF. “There is no prohibition to my knowledge that we can find that… Read more »

Swany
Swany
17 days ago

So what about the other 49 States ?

Charlie Foxtrot
Charlie Foxtrot
16 days ago
Reply to  Swany

As always, know your own state’s laws and the laws of the states you are visiting. In some jurisdictions, it is illegal for you to carry.

To my knowledge, there is not a single jurisdiction outlawing carry simply due to a mask being worn for medical purposes.

This entire argument is just another COVID-19 sideshow.

GUNFUN
GUNFUN
17 days ago

Yeah, to hell with the masks.

Chas
Chas
16 days ago
Reply to  GUNFUN

1,000 up votes if possible!!