Many people refer to the “MCPL” as a “CCW”. This is actually an incorrect term. The term “CCW” means “Carry Concealed Weapons”. Michigan does not issue a blanket type permit / license for the carrying of concealed weapons. The term CCW refers to the State of Michigan’s Laws surrounding the carrying of weapons in a concealed fashion. In this reference, the only broadly issued permit / license in the State of Michigan for carrying concealed weapons is the Michigan Concealed Pistol License and therefore the acronym MCPL is derived.