FIND GUN LAWS BY STATE

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Areas/Places and Events/Gatherings

I. Introduction

With a CCP issued in Your state of residence or under/with carry on a non-resident license, certain areas and places or events and gatherings that should always be considered suspect and presumed to be excepted for lawful carry, unless Your research demonstrates otherwise.

Native American Tribal Lands.  Take for example the fact that Native American reservations are essentially individual nations and have their own laws, rules and regulations regarding firearms. If You are going into a state that has tribal lands, but You will not be in or near those areas, there is likely no need to conduct further research.   However, state-based preemption generally does not cover Tribal Lands, and it is possible that a CCP that is honored in the rest of the state will not be valid on Tribal Lands. The GLBS Guide is a working tool to access and evaluate proposed reciprocal carry in advance and also in more real-time than traditional methods would allow. This is the reason for the hyperlinks.

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II. Areas/Places

The most commonly regulated (penal, private property, or ordinance) areas and places are set forth. You should research the law of the given state to determine if these places are restricted with a CCP, or avoid them altogether.

  • Day care centers, including the parking lot
  • Public and private schools ranging from K through 12, including the parking lot
  • Colleges and universities
  • Churches
  • Sterile and secured areas of airports
  • Passenger cabin of commercial aircraft
  • Hospitals
  • Jails, prisons, and penal institutions
  • Courts and courthouses or places where court may be held
  • Military bases
  • Federal property
  • Federal Offices, such as the Social Security offices or IRS offices
  • State and local government offices and/or meetings
  • Parks
  • National Parks and Wildlife Refuges
  • Nuclear and chemical facilities and depots
  • Retail stores
  • Places liquor is sold and/or served
  • Financial institutions
  • Private homes or businesses of others with a possessory interest
  • State and federal ports, bonded warehouses, or free-trade-zone facilities
  • Battered-women or abuse shelters
  • Juvenile-delinquency or ward-of-the state facilities
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III. Events and Gatherings

  • Sports games
  • Funerals and funeral processions
  • Parades
  • Fairs
  • Political rallies
  • Government meetings
  • Hunting (which may have a whole set of requirements regarding firearms)
  • Concerts or other mass gatherings or large events
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IV. Conclusion

A particular event or activity may bar a licensee from carrying under state penal law.  This would apply to reciprocal carry.  In addition, these regulations may or may not be criminal but civil and subject a licensee violating such a ban to expulsion from the event and confiscation of the firearm. This in turn could, at least under some states’ licensing law, create a basis for revoking a CCP.

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FIND GUN LAWS BY STATE

Table of Contents

About the author
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Bryan L. Ciyou is a trial and appellate attorney at the Indianapolis law firm of Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. He earned his BA with distinction and graduated through the honors program, along with his JD,... Read More