CPL is an abbreviation for Concealed Pistol License. It has been called CPL in Michigan since 1927. This license, also known as a CCW (Concealed Carry Weapon, slang for CPL in Michigan), allows anyone to carry a pistol on his or her person concealed. According to Mlive.com, “Fifteen years after Michigan changed its law to make it easier to get a license to carry a concealed weapon, there were 497,016 active licenses on file as of Dec. 1, according to data compiled by the Michigan State Police.,”

That’s 7% of adults who have a CPL in Michigan.

Where does a CPL allow you to carry?

(As stated on the actual CPL)

A CPL allows the licensee to carry a pistol anywhere in the state, except a licensee shall not carry a concealed pistol as prohibited by law, including, but not limited to, the premise of any of the following:

  • School or school property
  • Child care or day care center, child caring institution, or child placing agency
  • Sports arena or stadium
  • Bar/tavern where sale and consumption of liquor is the primary source of income
  • Church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or other place of worship
  • Entertainment facility with a seating capacity of 2,500 or more individuals
  • Hospital
  • Dormitory or classroom of community college, college, or university
  • Casino

Having this license allows not only residents to carry a concealed pistol in Michigan, but to carry in other states that recognize the  Michigan CPL.

Those that recognize Michigan issued permits are:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont (does not require carry permits by residents or non-residents)
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

The CPL is a growing and highly sought after license for anyone interested in carry a concealed pistol for personal protection.

For information on how to obtain your Michigan CPL/CCW, please visit https://youtu.be/ccd620Xxi5g