How Will a Criminal Charge Affect My Concealed Pistol License (CPL)?

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At Abdo Law, we deal with many clients that maintain a Concealed Pistol License, or CPL, and the question always arises: will I lose my CPL if I’m charged or convicted of a crime? The answer is maybe, but Abdo Law’s dedicated attorneys will do everything in their power to guide clients through the process.

The State of Michigan sets guidelines for those wishing to obtain a CPL:

• Applicant must be at least 21 years of age;

• Be a citizen of the United States or an immigrant lawfully admitted into the United States (green card holders)

• Be a resident of the State of Michigan for at least 6 months prior to application
• Successfully complete a pistol safety training course
• The applicant may not be subject to involuntary hospitalization, an order finding legal incapacitation or a finding of not guilty by reason of insanity
• Not be subject to a conditional bond release that prohibits the purchase/use of firearms
• Not be subject of a personal protection order (PPO)

• Applicant has not been prohibited from having firearms in his/her possession, pursuant to MCL 750.224f

• Have no felony charge pending in Michigan, or any other jurisdiction
• Applicant was not dishonorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces
In addition to the above requirements, applicants for a CPL must prove to the State of Michigan that they have not been convicted of certain misdemeanors. Some convictions bar the applicant for 8 years and others bar the applicant for 3 years. Lists with examples of such crimes have been provided below.

A question that occasionally presents itself is whether a matter that was disposed of under HYTA, 7411, 769.4a, or 771.1 will affect a CPL license. It is my understanding is that a CPL typically will not be granted to individuals on probation, even with a deferral. These dispositions still show up on the back end of records systems for law enforcement. Moreover, my understanding is that while it is possible to get a CPL after a case disposed of with HYTA or 7411, it is less likely for a case concluded with 769.4a or 771.1. Before being granted the license, in Macomb County for example, you need to first sit before a board. Somebody who just got off probation, even with a 769.4a, may have trouble getting a CPL even though the case has been dismissed. Being that the charge tends to indicate violent behavior, it is my opinion such an individual will have more difficulty getting a CPL than someone with a 7411 deferral. Please be advised, this is just my opinion.

Nonetheless, if you believe your current or potential gun rights could be jeopardized you should engage counsel immediately. Deferrals, reductions, and dismissals could be helpful in reducing the time that you are ineligible for a CPL. On the following page we have provided crimes that make applicants ineligible for a CPL.

Examples of crimes that bar applicant for 3 years;
• Operating under the influence, MCL 257.625 • Refusal of commercial vehicle operator to submit to a chemical test, MCL 257.625a • Ignition interlock device reporting violation, MCL 257.625k • Circumventing an ignition interlocking device, MCL 257.625l • Operating a commercial vehicle with alcohol content, MCL 257.625m(3)
• Operating an aircraft under the influence, MCL 259.185 • Operating an ORV under the influence, MCL 324.81134 • Operating an ORV while visibly impaired, MCL 324.81135 • Operating a snowmobile under the influence, MCL 324.82127 • Controlled substances, MCL 333.7401 to 333.7461
• Operating a locomotive under the influence, MCL 462.353(3)
• Disorderly person, MCL 750.167 • Embezzlement, MCL 750.174
• False pretenses with intent to defraud, MCL 750.218 • Larceny, MCL 750.356 • Second-degree retail fraud, MCL 750.356d
• Larceny, vacant building, MCL 750.359 • Larceny, by conversion, MCL 750.362 • Larceny, defrauding lessor, MCL 750.362a • Malicious destruction of property, MCL 750.377a • Malicious destruction of real property, MCL 750.380 • Receiving stolen property, MCL 750.535 • Malicious use of telephones, MCL 750.540e
Examples of crimes that bar applicants for 8 years;

• Operating while intoxicated, second offense (MCL 257.625(9)(b))
• Drunk driving, commercial vehicle (MCL 257.625m(4))
• Driving while license suspended or revoked, second or subsequent offense (MCL 257.904)
• Reckless driving (MCL 257.626)
• Processing a controlled substance, controlled substance analogue, or prescription form (MCL 333.7403)
• Displaying sexually explicit material to minors (MCL 722.677)
• Assault or domestic assault (MCL 750.81)
• Aggravated assault or aggravated domestic assault (MCL 750.81a)
• Breaking and entering or entering without breaking (MCL 750.115)
• Solicitation to commit a felony (MCL 750.157b)
• Intentionally aiming a firearm without malice (MCL 750.233)
• Possessing a firearm on prohibited premises (MCL 750.234d)
• Brandishing a firearm in public (MCL 750.234e)
• Possession of a firearm by an individual less than 18 years of age (MCL750.234f)
• Possessing a firearm while under the influence of intoxicating liquors or a drug (MCL 750.237)
• Weapon-free school zone violation (MCL 750.237a)
• Indecent exposure (MCL 750.335a)
• Stalking (MCL 750.411h)
• Fourth degree criminal sexual conduct (MCL 750.520e)
• Reckless discharge of a firearm (MCL 752.863a)

This list does not include every misdemeanor the State of Michigan considers. The entire list can be found on the Concealed Pistol License requirements page. If you are being charged with a crime and you think your gun rights could be affected, call the Abdo Law Firm today, 586-412-5555.