Thursday, May 23, 2013

Michigan CPL FAQ: Is A Funeral Home Considered A Place Of Worship?

Ask The Michigan Firearms Instructor
Q: Is a funeral home considered a place of worship?

A: I am mindful that a willing person can worship at any location but I do not personally believe that a funeral home is a place of worship.

If you are curious as to whether a funeral home is considered a concealed carry pistol-free zone then we need to look at MCL 28.425o which makes reference to the following: (e) Any property or facility owned or operated by a church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or other place of worship, unless the presiding official or officials of the church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or other place of worship permit the carrying of concealed pistol on that property or facility.

Thusly, if a funeral home is "owned or operated" by a religious institution, then it should be considered a pistol-free zone. So, how would you know if the funeral home is owned is by a church? You'd have to ask a person who would know and trust them to give you the correct information.

If the funeral home is legally designated as a conceal carry pistol-free zone, you can get permission from the presiding official in writing.

Furthermore, MCL 750.234d does not list funeral homes, but does specify "church or other house of worship," so you could always carry your handgun there openly if you have a CPL. Be mindful, that the owners of the funeral home can ask you to leave.

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.

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