Concealed Carry Analysis: Michigan

12 Month CPL report if active licenses in Michigan
As anticipated, September CPL numbers saw strong increases after the decrease in August. As of October 1, 2019, there are 663502 total active CPL holders in Michigan, a new all-time high! The full report can be read HERE

There are 7,717,047 adults, (1,575,233 of whom are seniors) in Michigan. Actively licensed carriers are 8.59% of the population. About 1:12 people may, legally and licensed, carry their pistol concealed in public spaces.

Michigan has a fairly good saturation with the national number being somewhere around 18 million licensed individuals. Michigan’s percentage of licensed carriers is higher than the national average, however states like New York and California drastically shift the average due to the high populations and difficult permitting process.

This most recent uptick in Michigan follows a national trend of more people actively arming and licensing themselves to protect themselves and their families. While studies have indicated the number of ‘households’ with firearms has decreased the active and engagement of those remaining households has gone up. This is even before the climate of mistrust for media and politico types generated a climate where people may choose to conceal the fact they have a firearm from survey takers and information gatherers.

Do we remember when a newspaper took it upon themselves to publish the name and address of every registered gun owner in two New York counties? For “public safety” allegedly. Journal News took it upon themselves to place thousands at risk of burglary, assault, vandalism, and any number of other targeted crimes because they owned firearms in compliance with the law, and that was public record.

Luckily for Michigan residents that data is protected by law, recodified after Journal News published the egregious privacy breach. There is more than enough personal information floating around without journalists painting a target on a group they are actively blaming for violence… because what could go wrong there?

Keith Finch
Keith is the Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. A Certified Instructor since 2009, he has taught concealed weapons courses in the West Michigan area in the years since and continues to pursue training and teaching opportunities as they arise.