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Gun-Free School Zone Laws

The discussion of gun-free school zones is one that covers many different areas of Michigan law and affects both persons who hold a CHL as well as persons who do not. That is because the Gun Free School Zone law and its meaning cause a lot of confusion.

Signs warning about being in a gun free school zone are common, but what does this mean to people lawfully in possession of firearms? There are actually both Michigan and federal gun free school zone laws, each with very different meanings and consequences. If you have questions about gun-free school zone laws in Michigan, consult a skilled gun lawyer that could answer your questions, and protect your rights.

Michigan Gun Free School Zone Law Specifics

The Michigan Gun-Free School Zone law does not create any new crimes or make any rights under other statutes inapplicable, but it is what is legally known as an enhancement statute. This means that if a person is already committing a firearms crime, and if it is shown at the trial of the defendant that the crime occurred on school property, then the range of punishment for that crime is increased.

School property refers to buildings, playing fields, or property used for school purposes to impart instruction to children, or for functions and events sponsored by a school, except a building used primarily for adult education or college extension courses.

Since CPL holders are allowed to carry concealed handguns in their motor vehicles, this law does not preclude a parent or legal guardian of a student of the school from carrying a concealed pistol while in a vehicle on school property if dropping off or picking up the student from school.

Keeping Firearms in a Vehicle on a College Campus

Despite already existing gun-free school zone laws in Michigan, some colleges and universities passed their own rules and regulations to prevent employees, visitors, and students from having firearms on their person, in their cars, or anywhere else on the school's campus, and this includes parking lots.

Otherwise, only CPL holders may possess a firearm in a vehicle the person owns or is under their control in a college or university parking lot as the parking lot does not constitute a dormitory or classroom of a community college, college, or university.

Value of an Attorney

While the right to bear arms is important, it is equally important for individuals to observe gun laws which exist to protect the greater community. Gun-free school zone laws in Michigan are especially important in that they allow children and their instructors to teach and learn in a safe environment. Violation of these laws can have serious consequences which is why it is important to work with an experienced gun lawyer. Your attorney could work tirelessly to protect your rights, while also advocating for you. Contact a gun lawyer today and know that you are in capable hands.

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