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Once you have your concealed pistol license (CPL) it’s important to know where you can and cannot take your gun.

Places You Cannot Take a Concealed Weapon

  • School or school property, except if you’re in the car and dropping off or picking up your child. (However, keep in mind a school district may ban either concealed weapons or weapons altogether on school property. Read School Districts May Ban Guns on School Grounds)
  • Day cares or any place for child caring
  • Sports stadiums or arenas
  • Bars or taverns
  • Places of religious worship, unless the presiding religious official of the specific place has allowed concealed weapons on the property
  • An entertainment facility with a 2,500 person capacity (designated by either a sign or where a person knows or should know has that capacity.)
  • A hospital
  • Classrooms or dormitories of colleges
  • Casinos
  • A person may have a concealed weapon in the parking lots of these places

People Who May Carry in These Places

Not all people are restricted from carrying a concealed weapon in these locations. The following are exceptions who may carry a concealed weapon in the above places (they still must have a valid CPL of course);

  • Retired law enforcement, either state or federal
  • A person who works security for a place described in the above list and who is required to carry a weapon because of that employment
  • Private investigators and private detectives
  • Corrections officer of a county sheriff’s department (can be retired too), and who has received county sheriff approved weapons training
  • Member of a sheriff’s posse
  • Auxiliary officer or reserve officer of a police or sheriff’s department
  • An active or retired parole, probation, or corrections officer, or absconder recovery unit member, of the Department of Corrections
  • An active or retired state court judge
  • Court officer
  • Peace officer

Penalties for Violations of Carrying a Concealed Weapon on Prohibited Places

There are penalties for taking your concealed weapon to prohibited locations.

A first offense is a civil infraction, punishable by a fine of up to $500. The Court shall order a CPL suspension of 6 months

A second offense is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of $1,000.00 and jail time. The Court shall order the CPL to be revoked.

A third offense is a felony, punishable by up to 4 years in prison, a $5,000.00 fine or both. The Court shall order the CPL to be revoked.

MCL 28.425o

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