In Need Of A Weapons Charges Attorney?

At Maesen Law, PLC, our experienced Grand Rapids weapons charges defense lawyer knows that even with Michigan’s progressive gun laws, carrying a firearm is not permitted everywhere, or by everyone.

In Michigan, it is legal for a person to openly carry a firearm in public with lawful intent if the firearm is not concealed. Gun owners may apply for a Concealed Pistol License (CPL), which allows Michigan residents to carry a gun in a concealed manner, which may include in a pocket, covered by clothing, or in a closed space in their vehicles. Without this license, it is unlawful to conceal a weapon.

There are also multiple guidelines stating who cannot carry a firearm in Michigan, openly or concealed, and stringent laws regarding certain premises where guns cannot be carried at all.

Whether you are facing a concealed weapons accusation or criminal charges for illegal felony possession of a firearm, our founder and lead weapons charges defense attorney in Kent County, Ryan Maesen, provides our clients with the legal skill and resources they need to face their charges with confidence.

Our criminal defense law firm has successfully managed cases throughout the state of Michigan and in the Federal courts for over 16 years, which includes extensive trial experience.

We understand the value of freedom, and the reality is, without a trusted legal advocate by your side, you are risking everything. Legal justice is not an entitlement or a guarantee. It must be fought for, and when the stakes could not be higher, we produce real results.

Contact our skilled weapons charges defense attorney today to discuss your unique legal circumstances, so we can get started on your defense right away.

Who Can Carry a Firearm in Michigan?

Michigan is a shall-issue state, where a license to purchase a pistol or a background check is required to buy a handgun. Gun licenses are issued at the local level by county clerks.

Only residents are allowed to purchase handguns, although non-residents are permitted to purchase long guns. Michigan does not have a firearm registry, but all handgun sales require a pistol sales record form to be filed with the Michigan State Police.

Open carry is legal in Michigan only for residents that are at least 18 years old and who can legally possess a firearm, provided the gun is registered in their name.

Concealed carry is legal for residents with a Michigan Concealed Pistol License (CPL) and for non-residents that are at least 21 years old and who have licenses/permits from their state of residency.

Who Cannot Carry a Firearm in Michigan?

Federal law establishes a national standard regarding individuals’ eligibility to acquire and possess firearms.

Under federal law, people are generally prohibited from purchasing or possessing firearms if they:

  • Have been convicted of a felony or some domestic violence misdemeanors.
  • Are subject to certain court orders related to domestic violence or a serious mental condition.

Michigan prohibits any person convicted of a felony or “specified felony” as defined under state law from possessing, using, transporting, selling, purchasing, carrying, shipping, receiving or distributing a firearm or ammunition, if that person has not yet satisfied statutory requirements to restore his or her ability to own or possess a firearm, including serving any applicable sentence or conditions for parole, and paying any relevant fines.

Michigan also prohibits:

  • A handgun seller from knowingly selling a firearm or ammunition to such a person, or a person under indictment for a felony.
  • Issuance of a handgun purchase license to any person local law enforcement has probable cause to believe would be a threat to themselves or others or would commit a crime with the handgun.

Our skilled Grand Rapids criminal defense attorney represents clients in the following practice areas:

What are the Most Common Types of Michigan Weapons Charges?

The most common types of weapons charges in Michigan include, but are not limited to:

  • Brandishing a Firearm in Public.
  • Carrying a Firearm in Prohibited Spaces, including School Zones, Churches, Banks, or Courts.
  • Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
  • Illegal Altercation of a Firearm.
  • Illegal Possession of Certain Prohibited Types of Short-Barreled Firearms.
  • Possession of a Concealed Weapon without a CPL.
  • Possession of a Deadly Weapon.
  • Possession of a Firearm While Committing a Felony
  • Unlawful Discharge.

The Michigan laws and firearms provisions are lengthy and complex, particularly when considered with relevant federal firearms laws. Depending on your charges, a conviction can carry significant jail time, costly fines and court costs, loss of your gun ownership rights, loss of a professional license, damage to immigration status such as green card or visa revocation and even deportation, and a criminal record.

If you have been arrested on weapons charges in Michigan, contact our experienced criminal defense attorney in Grand Rapids today to discuss the circumstances of your case, so we can help design quality legal solutions for your unique needs.

Our approach to producing real results for real people is unmistakable, and fully visible through our involvement in nearly 90 trials in just over 15 years. Allow our trusted criminal defense attorney in Grand Rapids to put your case into perspective, starting with an initial consultation today.

Our hard work translates into wins that matter.

Maesen Law Produces Real Results for Real People Throughout Michigan

Our Grand Rapids weapons charges defense lawyer is a respected and aggressive advocate who provides customized legal strategies that allow our clients to pursue real results, so they can move forward with confidence.

Whether you are facing charges in state or federal court, your first line of defense is partnering with an attorney who can explain your legal rights in simple terms, so you can make informed decisions about the direction of your case.

That means establishing we are the right fit for your case, and overall legal needs, from the beginning, so we can provide end-to-end solutions for each of our clients. Our attention to detail allows us to provide a tailored approach to producing results for each unique client and their criminal charges.

Contact Our Dedicated Weapons Charges Attorneys In Grand Rapids & Wyoming, MI Today

Contact our skilled Grand Rapids criminal defense lawyer today to learn more about your legal rights and options to pursue the best outcome for your case. We are available by phone 24 hours a day by calling 616-821-7691 or allow us to review your case via email to ensure each aspect is reviewed with the discretion and attention to detail you deserve.