A: No, police stations are NOT gun free zones. Many people ask this question because in some cities there are metal detectors and/or screening stations at the entrances.
Police stations are NOT listed in Michigan's statutes (MCL 28.425o and MCL 750.234d) as being gun free zones. Thus, any effort to bar citizens from carrying arms while visiting are illegal. Obvious allowances should be made for non-public areas of the police stations. For example, armed citizens can be barred from the prisoner lock-up area and other non-public sections of the building. However, under no circumstance should an armed citizen be barred from entering the public areas of a police station.
MCL 123.1102 is very clear: "A local unit of government shall not impose special taxation on, enact or enforce any ordinance or regulation pertaining to, or regulate in any other manner the ownership, registration, purchase, sale, transfer, transportation, or possession of pistols or other firearms, ammunition for pistols or other firearms, or components of pistols or other firearms, except as otherwise provided by federal law or a law of this state."
You are strongly encouraged to not only conduct your own independent research but to also consult with a competent and qualified attorney before acting upon any information in this article. Laws covering self-defense, lethal force, firearms, and the Michigan Concealed Pistol License and their enforcement are always subject to change due to laws being amended, politics conducted in the Prosecutor's Office, and election results at all levels of government. Ignorance of the law, legally speaking, is not a valid excuse for running afoul of it. The penalties and fines imposed upon violators of firearms related offenses are stiff and severe.
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