I am a beginner, can I take the CCW/CPL course?
Yes you can. Our instruction is designed to accommodate the beginning student as well
as the advanced student. New students should take advantage of our free private lesson.
With your paid class tuition, you can use the free lesson before or after the CCW/CPL
class. Taking the lesson before the class will allow the beginning student to learn safe gun
handling skills, basic operation and maintenance, and basic shooting skills prior to taking
the class. Historically, beginning students that take the free private lesson prior to the
class perform very well in the class.
I don't have my own firearm. Can I still take the class?
Yes. If you don't have your own firearm, we can make one available for you.
When I took my CCW/CPL class, I didn't learn very much about actually carrying a
concealed pistol and drawing from a holder. Where can I learn this information?
Great Lakes Firearms Safety Training now offers courses for the CCW/CPL holder that
goes beyond the basic CCW/CPL class. Click here for more information regarding these
What should I bring to CCW\CPL class?
Please bring the following:
- Handgun (If you don't have a handgun, one will be provided for a $10.00 fee).
- 100 rounds of ammunition. If you are bring your own ammunition, please note that
only fully jacked ammunition is allowed for classes held at the Westland and Livonia
locations. If you are renting our firearms, you must purchase ammo from us
- At least one handgun magazine (some people refer to this as a clip) if you are using
a semi-automatic pistol. If you are using our firearms, we will provide the magazines.
- Pen and paper to take notes.
- Lunch, snacks, beverages. We will only take short breaks, so bring enough food for
yourself to last the entire day.
- Questions to ask the lawyer or police officer during the law portion of the class.
- Hearing and eye protection. If you don't have them, they can be provided.
- Hat with a brim. Like a baseball cap.
- Wear a round collar type shirt (non V-neck). This will help prevent empty cartridge
casings from going down your shirt when firing the gun. We will explain this during
the shooting portion of the class.
- Valid Michigan drivers license or Michigan State ID card.
- Do not wear any sandals or open toed or open heeled shoes.
- No live ammunition is allowed in the classroom. You can leave your ammunition in
the car until the shooting portion of the class. No exceptions!!
Note: The shooting portion of the Romulus class location is held on an outdoor. We will
be outside for about three hours rain or shine. So dress for the weather! The shooting
portion of classes held in the Westland, Canton, or Livonia locations will be held at an
I want to purchase a pistol. Do I need a Concealed Pistol License to do this?
You do not need to have concealed pistol license to purchase a firearm. However, if you
do not have a concealed pistol license, you must apply to your local police or sheriff's
department for a License to Purchase a Pistol prior to obtaining a pistol. Purchasing a
I don't live in the same county where your class is being given. Is this O.K.?
Yes. The class that you are taking is called Personal Protection in the Home Course. As
a NRA Training Counselor, I am certified to teach this course all over the United States.
This course meets the State of Michigan training requirements that you must meet in order
to apply for your concealed pistol license (CPL). See the following link to get more
information. Concealed pistol application and instructions.
How do I apply for my CPL?
First you must take you completed application along with you course completion certificate
to the County Clerks Office of the county in which you reside. There, you will submit your
application and pay the application fee ($105.00). The county clerk will then provide you
with a receipt that you will take to your local police or Sheriff's department. There, your
fingerprints will be taken and your background check will begin. Once the county gun board
receives the fingerprint comparison report, they will issue or deny the license within 45
How long will it take to get my CPL?
Depending on the county in which you are applying, it will take from one to three months to
receive your CPL.
Are there places where I cannot carry a pistol even if I have a CPL?
Yes, there is a list of places where you are not allowed to carry your pistol. These are
referred to as "Pistol Free Zones". Click the link to find out more about these places.
Pistol Free Zones.
What is CPL? Why is it called a CCW?
CPL stands for Concealed Pistol License. This is the correct term for the license that will
actually allow you to carry a pistol concealed in Michigan. It is commonly referred to as
CCW. However, CCW is actually the name of the crime "Carrying a Concealed Weapon"
Can someone with past misdemeanor or felonies receive a CPL?
There is a large list of misdemeanors that will disqualify from obtaining your CPL. These
misdemeanors are listed on the State of Michigan Website. Any felony will disqualify you
from obtaining your CPL.
Requirements to obtain a Concealed Pistol License