Knowing Where Handguns Can Be Carried
Most states and localities have laws that say where you can and cannot carry a handgun legally, including whether or not the handgun must be concealed. Be sure you know the laws for your area.
Some places where you may be allowed to have a handgun and fire it legally include:
- Your residence or other private property
- Your place of business
- A campsite
Some locations where you may be prohibited from carrying a gun include:
- School grounds
- Courthouses and/or other government buildings, including libraries, post offices, and law enforcement offices
- Military bases
- City, county, or state parks
- Places that sell or serve alcohol
- Sporting events
- Hospitals or nursing homes
- Churches or other places of religious worship
- Areas posted with signs that prohibit concealed weapons
In addition, some areas have different laws for public places and publicly owned places.
- Public places include places where people are invited to do business. These are usually owned by a company. Examples are automobile repair shops, convenience stores, and department stores.
- Publicly owned places include places that are paid for by tax dollars. Examples are city parks, libraries, municipal buildings, recreation centers, and schools.