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Once you have your concealed pistol license (CPL) it’s important to know where you can and cannot take your gun.
Places You Cannot Take a Concealed Weapon
School or school property, except if you’re in the car and dropping off or picking up your child. (However, keep in mind a school district may ban either concealed weapons or weapons altogether on school property. Read School Districts May Ban Guns on School Grounds)
Day cares or any place for child caring
Sports stadiums or arenas
Bars or taverns
Places of religious worship, unless the presiding religious official of the specific place has allowed concealed weapons on the property
An entertainment facility with a 2,500 person capacity (designated by either a sign or where a person knows or should know has that capacity.)
Classrooms or dormitories of colleges
A person may have a concealed weapon in the parking lots of these places
People Who May Carry in These Places
Not all people are restricted from carrying a concealed weapon in these locations. The following are exceptions who may carry a concealed weapon in the above places (they still must have a valid CPL of course);
Retired law enforcement, either state or federal
A person who works security for a place described in the above list and who is required to carry a weapon because of that employment
Private investigators and private detectives
Corrections officer of a county sheriff’s department (can be retired too), and who has received county sheriff approved weapons training
Member of a sheriff’s posse
Auxiliary officer or reserve officer of a police or sheriff’s department
An active or retired parole, probation, or corrections officer, or absconder recovery unit member, of the Department of Corrections
An active or retired state court judge
Penalties for Violations of Carrying a Concealed Weapon on Prohibited Places
There are penalties for taking your concealed weapon to prohibited locations.
A first offense is a civil infraction, punishable by a fine of up to $500. The Court shall order a CPL suspension of 6 months
A second offense is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of $1,000.00 and jail time. The Court shall order the CPL to be revoked.
A third offense is a felony, punishable by up to 4 years in prison, a $5,000.00 fine or both. The Court shall order the CPL to be revoked.