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Prohibited Places for Firearms in Michigan

Chapter 37 of the Michigan Penal Code governs where and when firearms can be possessed and carried in Michigan and also contains various exceptions to any such rules. In several critical areas of firearm law, Michigan treats long guns differently from handguns. As a result, under Michigan law, handguns must generally be concealed and the public carrying of a handgun without a concealed handgun license is usually illegal. However, due to a strange irony in handgun legislation, Michigan is also an open carry state.

On the other hand, one may not openly carry a long gun in Michigan and there is no such thing as a concealed carry permit for long guns. That is why it is called a CPL or concealed pistol license rather than a CCW for carrying a concealed weapon. A long gun is a weapon but it is not a pistol. With such complicated gun legislation, it is important to retain the services of a skilled gun lawyer that can help clarify things. Your attorney can tell you about the prohibited places for firearms in Michigan and can protect your gun rights to the best of their ability.

Where are Firearms (Long Guns or Handguns) Prohibited?

Michigan Penal Code § 750.234d and § 28.425, local ordinances, and federal regulations list certain locations where firearm possession is prohibited. Individuals may not carry a firearm on the following premises, including but not limited to:

  • A depository financial institution or a subsidiary or affiliate of a depository financial institution, including a bank, out-of-state bank, national bank, foreign bank branch, association, savings bank, or credit union
  • Property owned by a church or other house of religious worship, without permission
  • Courts and court offices
  • Theaters with 2,500 or more seats
  • Sports arenas
  • Day care centers, child care agencies, and child placing agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Bars, taverns, or other establishments where the primary source of income is selling alcohol by the glass for consumption on premises. These locations should have a sign indicating that concealed weapons are prohibited
  • Casinos
  • Correctional facilities
  • College or university dormitories or classrooms

Certain people are exempt from these restrictions, such as private investigators and law enforcement personnel. In addition, concealed carry is allowed in retail liquor, grocery, and convenience stores, but only for individuals with a CPL. A knowledgeable gun attorney could explain which laws and restrictions apply to your situation.

Gun Laws at Michigan Universities

In addition to Michigan Compiled Laws, the Michigan Penal Code, and the Administrative Rules governing (non-Indian) casinos, there are also ordinances and statutes of certain universities to contend with.

For example, Wayne State University Statute § 2.87.03.050 indicates that no person shall while on any property owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by Wayne State University possess or carry on their person any firearm, explosive, or chemical weapon.

Similarly, the University of Michigan’s Ordinances, Article 10, § 2, indicates that no person shall, while on any property owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by the Regents of the University of Michigan, possess any firearm or any other dangerous weapon. In both instances, parking lots are included or embraced by the weapons ban.

Exceptions to Prohibited Places

This section of the Michigan Compiled Laws does not apply to a person who owns or is employed by or contracted by, an entity described if the possession of that firearm is to provide security services for that entity. It also does not apply to the police or any other peace officers.

This section also does not apply to a person who possesses a firearm on the premises of an entity described if that possession is with the permission of the owner or an agent of the owner of that entity. If an individual wishes to know more about prohibited places for firearms in Michigan, they should consult a knowledgeable gun lawyer that can answer their questions.