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carrying around an apartment complex

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by mkim1120, Sep 26, 2007.

  1. mkim1120

    mkim1120 New Member

    i was wondering
    if you do NOT have a CHL are you legally allowed to carry a concealed weapon within your apartment complex?
  2. Amadeus

    Amadeus Well-Known Member

    Probably not. You should probably check your local laws if you are really interested in familiarizing yourself them.
  3. Mainsail

    Mainsail Well-Known Member

    There's a place in your profile to enter your location; that would make an answer easier to formulate.

    If you live in WA, you can open carry without a permit almost anywhere, apartment complex included.
  4. CountGlockula

    CountGlockula Well-Known Member

    Nope. You'll need your CHL to carry outside of the home...that includes your front & back yard.
  5. mcooper

    mcooper Well-Known Member

    In MS if it's your car, property, or business; carry is legal. That's concealed of unconcealed
  6. hrgrisso

    hrgrisso Well-Known Member

    Out of Curiosity

    Why would you want to?

    I know there is the possiblity of no CHL but if you live there you may make yourself a target for breakins and if you don't live there, the sheep may get nervous seeing someone they don't recognize packing heat. Just a thought.
  7. nwilliams

    nwilliams Well-Known Member

    Welcome to THR!

    In answer to your question I would doubt its legal, but it really depends on where you live also, that's helpful info to provide if you want an accurate answer to questions like this. In your apartment you are safe, once you step outside your front door you are probably breaking the law.

    There is a solution.....just get a carry permit;)
  8. easyg

    easyg Well-Known Member

    Apartment complexes might be somewhat of a "grey area"....

    Here's a portion of the NC concealed carry law:

    A lawyer friend of mine explained it to me like this....

    If a business owner (any business, including apartments and motels) posts a sign declaring that firearms are prohibited, then even with a CCW permit you cannot legally carry on that specific property.

    And if you come to NC you will notice that most businesses have signs on their doors prohibiting firearms.

    So, if your laws are similar, then I would check and see if the apartment management has posted any signs that prohibit firearms, or have it written in to the lease agreement.
  9. glockman19

    glockman19 Well-Known Member

    In CA you can carry in your apartment but NOT in the common area unless you are an Owner carrying @ your business property. At your residence, home, you can carry wherever you want as long as you are on your property.
  10. S&Wfan

    S&Wfan Well-Known Member

    If you live in one of the free states where concealed carry is not prohibited, do yourself a huge favor and get your license!

    Not only will it keep you legal . . . within your state's unique laws of concealed carry, but you'll also be making a statement to the politicians that yet another citizen deems it important to exercise the right to carry. The more CCW folks on the books, the stronger our cause appears!

    As to toting around outside in an apartment complex . . . I highly doubt you'd be legal without a CCW permit. Instead, if you get caught, you may end up a convicted felon for your mistake (of not getting a license).

    Join us! There's strength in numbers. Politicians respond to numbers.

  11. Stretchman

    Stretchman member

    In an apt complex, anything outside the door is a common area. In other words, it is shared property, so the quick answer is NO. If you own your own property, and can legally copntrol your area, then normally you are ok, outside of city limits. Law or no law, if a cop sees you outside in your yard with a shotty, expect to see a lot of cars show up fast.
  12. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    Like said above, if you tell us where you live we can provide you with a link to your State's handgun laws.

    Here's a link to the handgun laws in the 50 States: http://www.handgunlaw.us/

    Packing.org was a very good site for information but I haven't been able to get the site up in months. Does anyone know what happened to Packing.org?? http://www.packing.org/
  13. Big Calhoun

    Big Calhoun Well-Known Member

    As said, depends on your locale. I wonder if you're the same guy that posted on TexasCHLForum. At any rate, in Texas, you can basically carry on your property or whatever is attached to your property. So your balcony, an attached garage, etc. You would need a CHL in order to carry on any common areas accessible by others. So basically, walkways, streets, entrance foyers, etc.
  14. rrruuunnn

    rrruuunnn Well-Known Member

    i heard that you can carry unconcealed on place of business in louisiana, alaska, vermont. but can i carry unconcealed in my own business in texas?
  15. Dravur

    Dravur Well-Known Member


    How do you carry around an apartment building? Don't they get very heavy?

    Sorry, it had to be said....

    Can an apartment complex post the whole place off limits? Or at least the common areas?

    If you have a CCW and there is no postings, I would assume that it would be ok. But, based on the laws of the state you are in, they may be able to post the whole property.

    Also, if you live there, you may have something in your lease that you signed sayiong not to carry, etc. I am pretty sure that once you signed that, it is a valid no no.
  16. wdlsguy

    wdlsguy Well-Known Member

    In Texas you can carry openly or concealed on your own premises or premises under your control. See the text of HB 1815 for details.
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2007
  17. TheGunslinger

    TheGunslinger Member

    This used to be the case in TX i beleive, but those no handguns signs do not count anymore. The only two signs that can keep a texas CHL holder from carrying on is the 30.06 statute sign and the 51% sign.

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