Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Michigan CPL FAQ: Can You Carry A Pistol At A Festival Or At A Fair?

Ask The Michigan Firearms Instructor
Q: Are you allowed to carry ( a firearm) at a festival or a local carnival?

A: In general, YES, you can legally carry a firearm in accordance with state (Michigan) law at a festival or a local carnival. However, in some conceivable circumstances you could be not allowed to do so. If and only if, a carnival or a fair took place on private property and the private property owner did not want firearms on his personal/private property he could post signs and enforce his policy.

Also, if the fair or carnival was being held on the grounds of a school - a Michigan pistol free zone - persons with CPLs would be forced to open carry their pistols to stay in compliance with state law.

If the fair sells alcohol via a license from the MLCC then persons without a CPL would not be able to carry there. Moreover, with respect to conceal carry, I am not convinced that a fair where alcohol is served is a bar under the conceal carry statute. And of course, I strongly advise one not to drink while carrying a firearm.

Disclaimer
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.

About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

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Phone: 313.733.74

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