Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the difference between a Michigan CPL and a CCW?

A: The concealed pistol license used to be called a CCW license, but the name was changed to Concealed Pistol License (CPL).  When people refer to a CCW class/license, they are actually referring to what’s now called CPL.  legally-speaking, a CCW is the charge of illegally carrying a firearm or weapon and ironically the offense you would be charged with if you did carry a concealed pistol without a Michigan concealed pistol license.

Q: I’ve never shot a gun but I want to get a CCW.  Can I take the class?

A: You’re welcomed in the Michigan CPL class.  We have built our name and reputation by working with first-time shooters.  In every class, a large number of students have little or no previous firearms experience, and the CPL class covers the basics of safe pistol handling and the golden rules of gun safety.  

Q: Do I need to own a gun to take the classes?

A: No!  A large portion of people that take our gun classes don’t own a handgun or pistol.  Also in the concealed pistol license classes, the topic “how to choose the right firearm for personal protection” is covered at length, so if you don’t own a pistol and not sure what kind to get, you can learn what to look for as part of the CPL class.  

Q: Are food and drinks provided during your CPL classes?

A: Drinks are usually available but it is recommended to bring your own drinks.  We usually end up ordering a bunch of pizzas for lunch.  

Q: Is the CPL class just for Michigan or are out-of-state residents eligible?

A: Each state is different, but the CPL class is an official NRA course that might qualify as the training requirements in other states.  We also have US Concealed Carry Association instructors that teach a course that qualifies for a concealed pistol license in Michigan as well as other states.  I know we’ve had a student from Wisconsin that got his CPL there by taking this course.

Q: Should I bring ammo with me to class if I have some?

A: You can use your own ammo at the gun range, but live ammo is never ever permitted inside the classroom.  Leave it in your car until instructed to get it.  

Q: I have a felony.  Can I take your classes?

A: No.  Felons are not eligible for a Michigan Concealed Pistol License, and are barred from possession of a firearms unless that right has been explicitly restored by the court. 

Q: I have a felony conviction but it was 20 years ago.  Can I get a CPL in Michigan?

A: No.  The Michigan Attorney General issued an opinion that regardless of current status or even if the felony was expunged.  If you were EVER convicted of a felony of any type you’re in-eligible to receive a Michigan concealed pistol license (CPL).  However, you should seek the advice of a licensed Michigan attorney if you have specific questions regarding CPL eligibility with prior felony convictions.  

Q: What should I expect in a Michigan CPL class?

A: The Michigan CPL class is a mix of classroom learning and range time.  The classroom portion has to be an approved course as determined by the state of Michigan.  Topics include safe gun handling, Michigan laws regarding use of deady force and dealing with a deadly encounter.  The classroom portion must be at least 5 hours long with 3 hours of range time.  Students typically shoot between 50-100 rounds.  You can find a Michigan CPL class by clicking here.