The Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners

What is MCRGO?

The Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners (MCRGO) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization. Formed from just eight people in 1996, we now have thousands of members and numerous affiliated clubs across the state. We’re growing larger and more effective every day.

Our mission statement is “Promoting safe use and ownership of firearms through education, litigation, and legislation.”

The organization’s major accomplishments have been heavy on legislation and litigation with the achievement of shall-issue concealed carry, the Castle Doctrine, Stand Your Ground, CPL reform, preemption, and its litigation in landmark cases such as MCRGO vs. Ferndale.

The education component of the organization includes partnering with the NRA on the Eddie Eagle program (gun safety for kids) and offering pistol safety training to legislators, has been primarily focused on member & public outreach on Michigan gun laws and issues through this newsletter, our web site, the Monday E’News, and social media, particularly Facebook.

Beginning in 2016, MCRGO expanded its educational mission by becoming a full training organization, offering a superior program at a competitive cost. In doing so, we are now the largest state training organization approved to comply with MCL 28.425j, the section of Michigan law that deals with training.

Some instructors have been offering courses under the name of training organizations without appropriately teaching the course they are certified in. This has been a particular problem with the legal portion of the course, with people who are unlicensed or have no criminal law experience offering legal advice that is often incorrect.

The MCRGO program is designed specifically around Michigan law focusing on concealed carry outside of the home. The legal portion is taught by Michigan attorneys with extensive experience in firearms and self-defense practice. The range portion has exercises that go beyond the minimum required by Michigan law.

People taking their CPL Course through got CPL? also receive a one-year membership to MCRGO with full benefits, including weekly email updates about related legal issues, access to MCRGO’s members-only features at including the popular “Ask the Lawyer” section, and access to MCRGO’s very active member-only Facebook page.