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Lapeer County CPL Numbers

We’re proud to be part of helping people learn to defend themselves in and around Lapeer County by getting the training they need to be responsible gun owners, and for many, that means getting their concealed pistol license (CPL).

Lapeer County currently has over 9,193 active CPL holders as of May 1st, 2019. That equates to 14% of the population 21 and older in Lapeer County.

This makes Lapeer the #1 county for CPL holders in counties with over 50,000 residents, the #1 county for CPL holders in the lower 2/3 of the state, and #4 overall in the State of Michigan.

The number of total active Michigan concealed pistol license holders jumped significantly in April reaching a new all-time high of 657,298 as of May 1, 2019 — just over 8 percent of the state’s adult population.  The county with the highest percentage of adults with a CPL is Keweenaw, at 15%. Keweenaw is Michigan’s northern-most county and has the smallest population, with only 2,200 residents. The county with the lowest percentage of adults with CPLs is Kent, at 5%. Kent County includes Grand Rapids.

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Valentine’s Day Special


If you are interested in doing something like this please contact us for current availability.

Looking for a unique gift for your Valentine? Show off your creativity by arranging to learn something new together or share something that you may already enjoy with your significant other.

Whether you want to train as a team or compete a little (what’s better than a little competition to get the adrenaline pumping?) a date at the range might be just the ticket! Better yet, make it a double date with friends for just a bit more and share the fun!

Custom packages are available at our private range, with our highly qualified instructor, 7 days a week. Book by February 16th for this Valentine’s Day special price and a printable gift certificate for your Valentine will be sent by email.

Your date (day, night or afternoon) at the range includes:

  • Two hours of private range instruction, catered to your skill level
  • Pistol rental including up to 100 rounds/person
  • All required safety equipment
  • Targets

Private for 1 couple = $150 weekend, $125 weekday
Double Date (2 couples) = $225 weekend, $200 weekday
Three or more couples = $100/couple

Must be scheduled between now and the end of May – we have many dates available, call Dean today at 810-882-1212 to book your date.

*Must be over 18 and have a valid state issued ID
*Range times can be adjusted for weather as needed

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As of December of 2018, you can renew your CPL online at the State of Michigan website. The cost is the same ($115) but it might save you the time of having to go to the clerk’s office, and you can pay by credit card. The county clerk (where your permit was last issued) is supposed to mail you a renewal notice (by first-class mail not less than 3 months or more than 6 months before). The letter will have instructions and a renewal PIN that you will need to access your account online. 

If you don’t get your letter and you are within the 3-month timeframe, you can call the clerk’s office and ask them to send a replacement letter. 

Once you have started the process, the system appears to allow you to leave after each step and come back into the system without starting over.

Of course, your final step is to pay … and (once your payment clears) you should receive an email with a link to your receipt that you will need to download and print (last image). When I paid with a Visa card on a Friday I didn’t get the receipt until the following Wednesday even though the card was charged Friday.

This receipt becomes an automatic extension to your permit if you don’t get your new one before the old one expires, as long as you did apply before the old one expires. 

Your new permit won’t be valid until your birthday, so you will need to carry both to be safe until the old permit expires.  

Here’s what the process looks like:

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Gift of Self Defense

What better gift can you give this holiday season than the gift of security and confidence?

Consider giving the gift of personal defense.

We will send you a special gift certificate for you to give your loved one. It can be used for private training or for any of our upcoming courses to be redeemed at your convenience during the next 12 months.

Certificates are available in $10 increments.

(We will contact you after your purchase to find out who’s name should be on the certificate, and where you would like it sent.)

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Group Training Christmas Special

Gift Certificates now available for 2018 training!

This training opportunity is for anyone looking to improve their skills – we will customize the training time to meet the specific needs of those in attendance.

Up to 4 people, for 4 hours for only $200.

You could use this as a ladies night out, a couples date night, a group of friends from work or a family*. Cost includes exclusive use of our private range with our lead instructor. (Firearms and ammunition available at cost on the day of the course) 

If you have a larger party or would like to schedule more time, please contact us for pricing.

Once you have paid for a certificate you will receive first priority for scheduling a date. We are available 7 days a week subject to others getting scheduled before you.

We will send you a special gift certificate for you to give. It can be used anytime in the next 12 months. (We will contact you after your purchase to find out who’s name should be on the certificate, and where you would like it sent.)

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*Under 18 year of age at the time of the training will require a parent be present.

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Moving to Michigan with a valid carry permit CCW?

Once you establish residency here in Michigan, your out of state permit is no longer valid.

Michigan’s CPL application requirements state that an applicant must be a citizen of the United States, a legal resident of Michigan, and have resided in this state for not less than the 6 months. But, if you have a valid carry permit from the state you are moving from the 6-month waiting period is waived.

You will also need to take the Michigan CPL training course before you apply because no other state’s training meets the requirements of Michigan’s law, but you can speed the process up by taking the course before you establish residency.

VERY GOOD CLASS! Dean did a great job of teaching the basics of firearm safety, concealed carry, the law, and other legal considerations. The setting was relaxed, friendly, and appropriately interactive. We had a great group of students. On the range, it was no-nonsense, safety first, with excellent personalized instruction. I benefited greatly from the training perspective of an ambush situation and the “balance of speed and precision” drills. I am a California CCW holder moving to Michigan so I’ve been through an approved training class. Dean’s range portion of the class was superior in my opinion as he taught us more “real life” tactics without the drill sergeant approach. When we move I plan to bring my wife for some additional personal training. Thanks Dean!!! – Jeff Holm 4/21/2018

You are considered a resident of this state once you have obtained a driver’s license, personal identification card, or register to vote in Michigan. (see the complete statute for military residency requirements).

After you have filed your completed application, the approval process usually only takes a couple of weeks, and no more than 45 days.

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Why Guns Malfunction

Reliability (the gun’s ability to function correctly 100% of the time) is the #1 criteria in selecting a defensive firearm.

Most people think that means things like;

  • It has a good warranty.
  • My friend says his works for him.
  • The gun store says people really like this model.
  • I’ve heard of that brand.


  • A “lifetime warranty” won’t do you any good if you are dead.
  • There’s a pretty good chance the gun store salesman is making a better commission on some guns.
  • How much professional training has your friend had with that gun? (and no, I’m not talking about how many rounds he’s fired target practicing!)

Guns are machines, and machines have a tendency to malfunction … or break. Generally, the more complex the machine (external safeties, magazine disconnects, sear deactivation levers, chamber indicators, etc…), the more there is to go wrong. Anyone who has spent even a little bit of time on a range has had or at least seen a firearm malfunction. If you read news coverage and police reports, you will find countless examples where a shooter has had a malfunction.

A gun can malfunction for a myriad of reasons:

  1. Ammunition malfunction. There are cases in which the bullet itself doesn’t fire, be it because of a bad primer or that it wasn’t manufactured correctly.
  2. Mechanical Malfunction. The gun may jam because it was not properly maintained or because a piece of it was damaged (springs, levers, guide rod, take your pick), dirty, or worn out.
  3. Shooter Error. Guns often malfunction due to how the shooter is operating the gun. Something as simple as arm position or grip strength can lead to a  malfunction in a lot of guns.
  4. Outside Interference. Guns are generally built to operate without outside interference. That is, that the base of the weapon stays stationary and all the moving parts can move freely around it. Being able to stop the slide of a handgun from moving takes very little pressure at all. Stopping a bullet from properly ejecting is even easier.

When we take all of this into account, we learn that some guns are much more reliable in real life situations, where we need them most, and where their abilities are truly tested.

This is why we recommend the guns we recommend.

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Concealed Pistols Prohibited

In Michigan, concealed pistols are prohibited at the following places even if you have a CPL. In most cases, the prohibition does not include the parking areas of the places listed.

  • School or School Property
  • Daycare center, child caring agency, child placing agency
  • Sports arena or stadium
  • Bar or Tavern (where the primary source of income is the sale of liquor consumed on site).
  • Church property (any facility owned or operated by a place of worship – they may choose to allow)
  • An entertainment facility with a seating capacity of 2,500+
  • Hospital
  • Dormitory or classroom of a college or university
  • Casinos

Please refer to MCL 28.425o for the complete text with exceptions and penalties for the above list.

  • Court (or other space used for official court business – (AO 2001-1 of the Michigan Supreme Court – Contempt of Court)
  • Correctional facility (any jail, mental health facility, etc.) (MCL 800.283)
  • Federal Facilities (18 USC § 930)
    “Federal Facility” means a building or part thereof owned or leased by the Federal Government, where Federal employees are regularly present for the purpose of performing their official duties. Must be posted conspicuously at each public entrance to a Federal facility.Examples: Federal Court, Federal Prison, IRS, Social Security, Department of Labor, Military Base, etc.
  • National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges are permitted, but you may not possess a firearm in a Ranger Station, Visitor Center, bathroom, or any other US Government facility on these properties that are posted.
  • US Post Offices (all property, even parking, etc.) (39CFR, 232-1, title 39, paragraph L (I)
  • Indian Reservations – some honor State of Michigan CPL, some do not.
  • Airports – secure areas of commercial airports are prohibited (past the signs at TSA checkpoints) but you can check firearms in checked baggage if your firearm is legal at your destination. More details.
  • Amtrak – similar to airports, but no there are no checked baggage stations in Michigan. (Public Law 111-117 Section 159)
  • Private Properly – any that is posted with NO GUN sign. (Trespassing – MCL 750.552)
  • A place of employment MAY prohibit an employee as a condition of employment.
  • An educational institution MAY prohibit a student as a condition of enrollment.

Last updated February 18, 2019 – for more Michigan concealed carry information see – and be sure to sign up for our email newsletter for updates.

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Airport Carry

Federal laws restrict firearms (and other weapons) in the sterile areas beyond the security checkpoints. But most states (including Michigan and 43 others) allow the carrying of firearms in the common terminal and baggage claim areas of airports.

Florida, and only five other states, make the entire airport terminal off limits even to carry license holders while armed. Of course, this didn’t stop the shooter today in Fort Lauderdale in the baggage claim area.

While the TSA has previously considered adding unsecured areas to their ban, a recent Missouri Court of Appeals decision overturned that state’s ban.

This means that you can legally conceal carry into the terminal, up until you get to the TSA checkpoint, at which point you can check an unloaded and secured (per TSA rules) firearm, then when you pick it up at the baggage claim you are usually good to go into a restroom and load back up so you can be carrying on your way out the door (which is what I usually do).

For some reason, even though there is no security check points going into or out of the airport, Florida, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Illinois, Virginia and Arkansas don’t trust you there while actually carrying.

You will need to check with each of those state if you are flying there to see what their policy is on how to transport your checked firearm in and out if you want to take it flying.

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5 Questions Women Should Ask Before They Get a Gun

Last month an article by this name was published by Pastor Jeff Sanders, the Pastor of Grace Family Fellowship in Canton, Ohio, and a fellow firearms trainer.  I don’t know Jeff other than what he writes for PJ Media, and some his questions are pretty good, like this one:

Are you ready for the responsibility of owning a firearm?

But the #1 and most important question for any anyone before they get a gun should be: Have you had any training? 

You won’t understand if you are ready for the responsibility of owning a firearm, or what kind of firearm is best for your needs without it.

Get competent training before you buy a gun. 90% of the people that come to my classes with a new gun leave wishing they had bought something else. They could have easily saved more than the training time cost.

His suggestion about where to find good advice about what to buy; “ask your local gun store”, is the last place I would suggest you go. (unless of course, the dealer is willing to tell the person to go to a defensive firearms instructor for help first)

Uneducated, and untrained people should not be asked: “do you want to carry a revolver or a semi-automatic pistol?” – they should be trained and educated by a competent instructor that can help them figure that out – so they can pick the best gun for their specific needs.

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