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
- 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.
Sam Bernstein is a Michigan Criminal Attorney.
ArborYpsi Law is located at 4158 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48108.