Places NOT to Take Your Pistol

Having your concealed pistol license (CPL) does not mean you have carte blanche to carry your gun just anywhere you like. In fact, if you do carry into one of these forbidden zones (also known as “free mass murder zones”), you face criminal sanctions. In Michigan, for example, those sanctions range from a state civil infraction that carries a $500.00 fine and a six month suspension of your CPL for a first offense, to a 4-year felony, $5000.00 fine, and license revocation for third and subsequent offenses. Check on the specific laws in your state, but in Michigan the following are pistol free zones:

  • Schools or school property but may carry while in a vehicle on school property while dropping off or picking up if a parent or legal guardian
  • Public or private day care center, public or private child caring agency, or public or private child placing agency.
  • Sports arena or stadium
  • A tavern where the primary source of income is the sale of alcoholic liquor by the glass consumed on the premises
  • Any property or facility owned or operated by a church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or other place of worship, unless the presiding official allows concealed weapons
  • An entertainment facility that the individual knows or should know has a seating capacity of 2,500 or more
  • A hospital
  • A dormitory or classroom of a community college, college, or university
  • Casinos

“Premises” does not include the parking areas of the places listed above.

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