Thursday, May 9, 2013

FAQ: Can You Conceal Carry In A Bar If The Owner Gives Permission?

Ask The Michigan Firearms Instructor
Q: Hey Rick, I do a lot of work in bars. Am I allowed to CCW (with a CPL) in a bar when I'm working, if I am not drinking? Do I need a "permission slip" from the bar owner? Thanks.

A: According to MCL 28.425, the pistol-free zones for conceal carry do not apply to:

"(b) An individual who is licensed under this act and who is employed or contracted by an entity described under subsection (1) to provide security services and is required by his or her employer or the terms of a contract to carry a concealed firearm on the premises of the employing or contracting entity."

So, if your boss makes it your job to provide security services and he requires you to carry a gun on the premises, and you have a CPL, it certainly is legal. Make sure you get it in writing.

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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