Legal FAQ:  Use of Deadly Force in Michigan

This past week, MLive covered several cases of potential unjustified shootings in Michigan by otherwise legal gun owners.  This has led many people to ask us at Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners (MCRGO) when they may use a firearm in self defense.  The relevant section in Michigan law is MCL 780.972.  It reads:
780.972 Use of deadly force by individual not engaged in commission of crime; conditions.

Sec. 2.
(1) An individual who has not or is not engaged in the commission of a crime at the time he or she uses deadly force may use deadly force against another individual anywhere he or she has the legal right to be with no duty to retreat if either of the following applies:
(a) The individual honestly and reasonably believes that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent the imminent death of or imminent great bodily harm to himself or herself or to another individual.
(b) The individual honestly and reasonably believes that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent the imminent sexual assault of himself or herself or of another individual.
(2) An individual who has not or is not engaged in the commission of a crime at the time he or she uses force other than deadly force may use force other than deadly force against another individual anywhere he or she has the legal right to be with no duty to retreat if he or she honestly and reasonably believes that the use of that force is necessary to defend himself or herself or another individual from the imminent unlawful use of force by another individual.

Gander Mountain, Subsidiaries File for Chapter 11 Reorganization

Company seeks “going-concern” sale to complete restructuringOperations remain ongoing during process; employee pay, benefits protected

St. Paul, MN – Gander Mountain Company announced today that, to maximize the opportunity to achieve a “going-concern” sale of its business, it and certain of its subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.

Today’s action is the result of an in-depth review of the company’s strategic options undertaken in recent months to preserve the value of the company and position it for long-term success. Like many retailers, Gander Mountain experienced challenging traffic patterns and shifts in consumer demand resulting from increased direct-to-customer sales by key vendors and accelerated growth of e-commerce. Despite aggressive actions to improve the efficiency of the company’s retail operations and support functions, the underlying financial impact from underperforming stores and unproductive, excess inventory hampered efforts to create a sustainable path forward. Read more

LandStar LS550 UTV in Realtree Xtra by American LandMaster

COLUMBUS, GA – Conquer the backcountry in the LandStar LS550 UTV by LandMaster. Available in Realtree Xtra, this heavy-duty 4-wheel drive UTV is loaded with industry-leading components. The LandStar features a powerful Vanguard Briggs & Stratton 479cc OHV pressure lubricated 4-stroke V-twin engine with a two-year warranty. The convenient CV Tech automatic transmission and Dana transaxle with locking differential provides maximum control and traction.

The durable powder-coated steel frame is paired with double A-Arm front suspension with adjustable shocks and articulated rear swing arm suspension with adjustable shocks that deliver up to 3″ of travel for a smooth ride.

The UTV can haul up to 400 lbs. in a 9.25 cu. ft. manual dump bed, and tow up to 1200 lbs. with a 2-inch rear receiver hitch. Extra large 25″ tires allow for ground clearance up to 14″ (8″ to gearbox) to handle any terrain. Switch between four-wheel and two-wheel drive modes to handle different projects on the go. Read more

Apache Backcountry Track System


  • Largest contact patch
  • Infused snowmobile technology / efficient design
  • High ground clearance in deep snow
  • Enhanced handling properties

Deep backcountry snow and challenging winter conditions have sometimes lead to more cumbersome results with tracked ATV. The all-new Apache Backcountry Track System, from Can-Am accessories, has forever transformed ATV operation in harsh winter environments and deep snow. With its unprecedented, unparalleled and unbelievable engineering and performance, the new track kit offers a fresh approach to winter exploration, allowing Can-Am ATV owners to answer the call of the wild.

The Apache Backcountry Track System combines snowmobile technology with the Apache 360 Track System’s trademark execution, delivering the highest ground clearance, most floatation and best deep-snow performance of any track kit.

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BRP Revolutionizes Multi-Passenger Performance Market with 2017 Maverick X3 Side-by-Side Vehicle

The Can-Am Maverick X3 MAX side-by-side vehicle delivers new levels of performance to the four-person off-road experience. © BRP 2017
New, four-person Can-Am Maverick X3 MAX side-by-side vehicle redefines family adventure with its levels of comfort, control and performance.

Reno, NV-
BRP (TSX:DOO) unveiled a new four-person flagship Maverick X3 MAX side-by-side vehicle tonight in Reno, Nevada, furthering its push to reshape the super sport market segment. The game-changing Maverick X3 MAX vehicle features the same sophisticated blend of defiant design, precision handling and exceptional power the two-seat Maverick X3 vehicle delivers, but also presents new levels of comfort and control to the multi-passenger segment of the off-road market. Read more

Ninth Circuit Panel Maintains Suspension of Executive Order on Immigration

A three-judge federal appeals court in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit Court has upheld the earlier ruling of U.S. District Judge James Robart that put President Trump’s temporary travel ban on hold. The Justice Department now has the option to ask the Supreme Court to intervene. Should the ideologically divided Supreme Court find itself unable to reach a majority decision, however, the 9th Circuit’s ruling would remain in place.

DNR conservation officer rescues runaway boy from Lake Michigan ice in Delta County

Michigan DNR Conservation Officer Patrick Hartsig

Map of the Gladstone area where this incident occurred.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Patrick Hartsig rescued a 10-year-old boy Sunday, who had run away from his family near Gladstone in Delta County.

The incident was reported at about 4 p.m. The boy, whose name was not being released, had run away from the Log Cabin Grill and Bar, which is situated south of Gladstone, along Lake Michigan.

To reach the lake, the boy had cross four busy lanes of traffic on U.S.-2. His mother last saw him heading east across the ice.

Hartsig had been working snowmobile patrol in adjacent Alger County.

“On my way home, I heard a call on Delta dispatch of a runaway special needs boy that was somewhere south of Gladstone, on the ice on Little Bay de Noc,” Hartsig said. “I checked in with dispatch as I was near Hunter’s Point and launched my sled.” Read more

MI DNR announces exploratory copper drilling project at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

A map shows land ownership and the location of the exploratory drilling at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has issued a use permit to Orvana Resources U.S. Corp. – a subsidiary of Highland Copper – to conduct exploratory drilling on a 1-mile-square piece of property situated along the westernmost edge of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Gogebic County.

The exploratory drilling began Sunday and is scheduled to continue into early March, depending on weather conditions. Read more

Blue Force Gear Micro Trauma Kit


The Blue Force Gear Micro Trauma Kit Now!TM, also known as the Micro TKNTM, is the smallest version of the Trauma Kit Now!TM available on the market. This pack, which is available for purchase filled or unfilled, is designed to hold essential lifesaving gear in a small easy-to-carry pack that takes up minimal space. The supplies inside of the Filled Micro TKNTM include: Read more

ARGO Celebrates 50 Years of its Amphibious Xtreme Terrain Vehicle with Exclusive Limited Edition Model

NEW HAMBURG, ON – To celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary, ARGO is excited to launch the most exclusive vehicle yet to its Wilderness Series XTV lineup – a special ‘ARGO 50th Anniversary Limited Edition 2017 Avenger 8×8 Hunt Master.’ Only 50 of the distinct commemorative vehicles will be produced.

The new 50th Anniversary Limited Edition has all the features of the standard ARGO 2017 Avenger 8×8 Hunt Master, plus an all new Mossy Oak® Break-Up Country® camouflage pattern finish, premium black seats, heated hand grips and black trim. Plus, every one of the 50 Limited Edition models will include a sprinkling of distinct “50th Anniversary” badges to highlight the vehicle’s uniqueness and remind passengers that they’re not about to step into a run-of-the-mill ARGO. Read more

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