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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 lists eight prohibited places for firearms in Michigan where a person cannot possess a firearm on their premises. This list is not applicable to CPL holders.

Under § 750.234d of the Michigan Penal Code, a person commits a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 90 days or a fine of not more than $100, or both, by possessing a firearm, open or concealed, on any of the following premises.

  • 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
  • A church or other house of religious worship
  • Courts and court offices
  • Theaters
  • Sports Arena
  • Daycare Center. The term daycare is not defined, and could conceivably encompass any center where children, the elderly, or the mentally or emotionally disabled persons are cared for
  • Hospital
  • Bars and Taverns
  • Casinos

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.

As noted above, this section also does not apply to CPL holders in this state or another state. Finally, this section 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.