Sheriff clarifies: Michigan CPL holders can wear face coverings

The Montcalm County Sheriff's Office
The Montcalm County Sheriff's Office(source: Montcalm County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jul. 14, 2020 at 3:00 PM EDT
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MONTCALM COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) - Michigan’s toughened face mask order has prompted concerns from concealed pistol license holders about whether they can comply while armed with a weapon.

Montcalm County Sheriff Mike Williams clarified the issue this week: Yes they can.

He said there is nothing in the state’s concealed weapons law that prohibits gun carriers from wearing the appropriate face covering or mask.

“Bottom line-you are not breaking the law if lawfully carrying a concealed weapon and wearing a mask,” Williams posted on Facebook.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a tougher face mask order last week and it took effect Monday.

Everyone inside an enclosed space, including stores and restaurants, must wear a covering over their nose and mouth. Businesses are required to refuse service for anyone not wearing an appropriate face covering.

Face masks also are required for anyone taking part in a gathering where social distancing is not being followed.

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