I am getting ready to head out to Michigan for a bit, and have fun researching carry laws in Michigan. While MI honors my Indiana permit, there are some differences in places I can and can’t carry. For example, it is perfectly legal in Indiana for me to carry my gun in a bar, and it’s even legal for me to tip a beer back when I’m carrying. It is illegal to be drunk and packing in Indianastan, but other than that there are few limitations.
In Michigan on the other hand, I cannot carry in a bar, which is defined as an establishment that derives the majority of it’s income from serving alcohol in a glass. It actually says that in the state law. I also cannot drink, not even a solitary drop of booze while armed in Michigan.
The oher issue that comes up is route planning. While my ultimate destination is in Michigan, one of the routes to get there takes me through the Chicago area and in Illinois. To avoid committing a felony, I would have to stop in Indiana, take my gun off, unload it, store it securely away from any ammo, and then proceed through IL. The problem with that is the area around Chicago isn’t exactly “crime free”, so if there is one area of my drive where the statistical odds of needing a gun increase, it’s precisely where the law requires me to be unarmed. So, I choose a route which is a little slower, but doesn’t take me to IL. That way I can simply stay “gunned up” for the duration of my drive time.
It’s important when you’re travelling across state lines to do your homework on the carry laws of that state. While Michigan has some weird laws, it’s generally okay. The same cannot be said of Illinois or of other states within reasonable driving distance of Indiana. Make sure you do your due diligence before you travel, because telling the cops “I didn’t know” flies like a lead balloon.