Firearms Prohibited in Designated Places. Weapons, including firearms, are prohibited statewide in certain designated places. These places are:
The perimeter of the above premises must be posted at reasonable intervals to alert the public to the existence of any law restricting the possession of firearms on the premises.
"Weapon" is defined in statute as a firearm, explosive, or an instrument or weapon listed in another statute governing dangerous weapons. The dangerous weapon statute prohibits:
Any person violating this prohibition is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.
Gross Misdemeanors. Every person convicted of a gross misdemeanor shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for a maximum term fixed by the court of up to 364 days, or by a fine in an amount fixed by the court of not more than $5,000, or by both.
It is unlawful for any person to knowingly open carry a firearm or any weapon:
Federal, state, and local law enforcement officers and personnel are exempt from the prohibition when carrying a firearm in conformance with their employing agency's policy.
"Permitted demonstration" means a gathering of 15 or more people at a single event in a public place for which a permit has been issued by a government agency or has been designated as permitted by certain local government officials.
A gathering is a demonstration, march, rally, vigil, sit-in, protest, picketing, or similar public assembly.
"Public place" means any site accessible to the general public for business, entertainment, or other lawful purpose. It includes, but is not limited to, the front, immediate area, or parking lot of any store, shop, restaurant, tavern, shopping center, or other place of business; any public building, its grounds, or surrounding area; or any public parking lot, street, right-of-way, sidewalk, public park, or other public grounds.
A person violating these prohibitions is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.
Nothing in the act applies to the lawful concealed carry of a firearm by a person who has a valid concealed pistol license. A severability clause is included, stating that if any provision of the act is held invalid, other provisions in the act are not affected.
May 12, 2021