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This is a discussion on Carrying Concealed in Malls within the Concealed Carry Discussion forums, part of the Main Category category; I'm from Michigan and a new CPL holder. I noticed that Laurel Park mall in Livonia, MI has a tiny ...

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    I'm from Michigan and a new CPL holder. I noticed that Laurel Park mall in Livonia, MI has a tiny code of conduct sign posted just inside the doors of the mall. Rule #20 is: Carrying or displaying weapons of any kind except those carried by certified law enforcement officers in the performance of their duties.

    I actually found the list on their site: Laurel Park Place -- Code of Conduct

    My question is can I still carry concealed at this mall? I think I should be able to. I'm not displaying my pistol, although I am "carrying" it. There's this thing called the 2nd amendment that should supersede the mall's code of conduct, plus I have a CPL. Any thoughts on this?

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    Check Michigan state firearms laws! If its concealed how would they know! In Nevada if they see they can ask you to leave, if you do not they can have you removed for trespassing, Sign or no sign!

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    There is no language in any way, shape or form in MCL 28.425o that says a CPL holder cannot carry in a mall.

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    Check Michigan state firearms laws! If its concealed how would they know! In Nevada if they see they can ask you to leave, if you do not they can have you removed for trespassing, Sign or no sign!
    Wisconsin is the same.
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    Anyone else notice that the very last lines in their rules state a complete contradiction of rule 20?
    This “Behavioral Code of Conduct” is not intended to deprive any person of their applicable civil rights or liberties under the law.
    If you feel your rights are being violated, please notify the mall management office. - See more at: Laurel Park Place -- Code of Conduct
    Here in Oregon, (and IANAL) signs don't carry force of law, so it's only a trespass offense if you refuse to leave. I normally open carry, but on the rare occasion I have to visit a mall here, I will conceal it to avoid issues. Never had a problem with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by achalmers View Post
    I'm from Michigan and a new CPL holder. I noticed that Laurel Park mall in Livonia, MI has a tiny code of conduct sign posted just inside the doors of the mall. Rule #20 is: Carrying or displaying weapons of any kind except those carried by certified law enforcement officers in the performance of their duties.

    I actually found the list on their site: Laurel Park Place -- Code of Conduct

    My question is can I still carry concealed at this mall? I think I should be able to. I'm not displaying my pistol, although I am "carrying" it. There's this thing called the 2nd amendment that should supersede the mall's code of conduct, plus I have a CPL. Any thoughts on this?

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    We do have the 2nd Amendment... and in Michigan we even have Article 1 Section 6 of Michigan's Constitution that reads:

    STATE CONSTITUTION (EXCERPT)
    CONSTITUTION OF MICHIGAN OF 1963


    § 6 Bearing of arms.

    Sec. 6.

    Every person has a right to keep and bear arms for the defense of himself and the state.

    https://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%...cl-Article-I-6

    But there is also a thing called "private property rights" and private property rights trump the right to bear arms (and trumps a carry permit too) for a business in the same way private property rights lets you make the rules for your home and yard.. ("open to the public" doesn't change the fact that the business is still private property) and while business owners get to make the rules for their businesses there are some lawfully protected classes of people that businesses must allow on/in their property but gun carriers are NOT one of them!

    There is some controversy as to whether the trespass laws in Michigan consider a "no guns" sign as sufficient notice that folks carrying guns in violation of that sign are also violating the trespass laws... but, as always, please consider what would be your defense in court if you were arrested? Would the judge and/or jury consider the sign sufficient notice?

    Now here are a couple of questions for those who say just carry in anyway because if it's concealed no one will know...................

    -Why would anyone support a business that bans guns by spending money there? Why not spend your money at a business that doesn't ban guns instead of helping the gun banner make enough money to open yet another business and ban guns there too?

    -Why would anyone expect their right to bear arms be respected when they are willing to disrespect the property owner's equally as valid right to ban the bearing of arms by sneaking in a concealed gun? Seems a bit hypocritical to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by achalmers View Post
    I'm from Michigan and a new CPL holder. I noticed that Laurel Park mall in Livonia, MI has a tiny code of conduct sign posted just inside the doors of the mall. Rule #20 is: Carrying or displaying weapons of any kind except those carried by certified law enforcement officers in the performance of their duties.

    I actually found the list on their site: Laurel Park Place -- Code of Conduct

    My question is can I still carry concealed at this mall? I think I should be able to. I'm not displaying my pistol, although I am "carrying" it. There's this thing called the 2nd amendment that should supersede the mall's code of conduct, plus I have a CPL. Any thoughts on this?

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    Well, according to Handgunlaws.us.
    For Michigan.
    Places Off-Limits Even With A Permit/License
    28.425o. Amended Premises on Which Carrying Concealed Weapon Prohibited; “Premises” Defined;
    Exceptions to Subsection (1); Violation; Penalties.
    1. *Schools or school property but may carry in the while in a vehicle on school property while dropping off
    or picking up if a parent or legal guardian. (Act 719 allows carry in parking lots. See below) Handgunlaw.us 4
    2. Public or private day care center, public or private child caring agency, or public or private child placing
    agency.
    3. Sports arena or stadium
    4. A tavern where the primary source of income is the sale of alcoholic liquor by the glass consumed on the
    premises
    5. Any property or facility owned or operated by a church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or other place of
    worship, unless the presiding official allows concealed weapons
    6. An entertainment facility that the individual knows or should know has a seating capacity of 2,500 or
    more
    7. A hospital
    8. A dormitory or classroom of a community college, college, or university
    9. A Casino
    10. Premises does not include parking areas of the above places 1 thru 9.

    Administrative Order 2001-1 of the Michigan Supreme Court:
    "Weapons are not permitted in any courtroom, office, or other space used for official court business or by
    judicial employees unless the chief judge or other person designated by the chief judge has given prior
    approval consistent with the court’s written policy."

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    Is my pistol private property too, or no? I didn't realize private property rights applied to a mall. I never thought of a mall as being private property. Good points...thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by achalmers View Post
    Is my pistol private property too, or no? I didn't realize private property rights applied to a mall. I never thought of a mall as being private property. Good points...thank you.
    I am not an attorney.. the following is my understanding of how private property rights work.

    While your pistol is your "personal" property private property rights don't extend to your "personal" property in the same manner as they do to your "private property".

    Basically, if a property is owned by any entity other than a government entity (even if that property is "open to the public") then the owners have the private property right to make any rules/policies they wish (within existing law) that denies, limits, restricts, or controls, the behavior of anyone who is on/in that property... even if they were invited ("open to the public" is an invitation to shop the same as your invitation to your buddy to come to your house to play cards) on/in that private property.

    And the trespass laws exist in order to put legal teeth into the rule/policies private property owners have.

    But if the property is owned by a unit of government then things get weird because in some States that unit of government might be able to have ordinances (laws) that prohibit some activities.... like carrying guns. Some States have laws that prevent local units of government from doing that requiring all units of government within the State follow State law.

    So.... know your State's laws! All of the laws and how they interact with each other. If push comes to shove... consult a real life attorney!

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    The land, the buildings; all owned by an "entity" and thus considered "private property". There are businesses in my area (PA) that have such signs posted. Not a problem, I take our money elsewhere. There are plenty of business establishments around that are either gun friendly, or at least, neutral and appreciate the money coming from wallet below the small of back holster for the PPKs that I carry as much as money from anywhere else. They don't like my gun (nor the free protection armed citizens provide), they obviously don't like my money, either. I see no point in provocation and legal testing as to who is more "right". They don't like my weapon, they don't like my money and I leave it at that.
    Politicians and diapers should be changed frequently and for all the same reasons.

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