Can I Concealed Carry at the Bar?


As a responsibly armed American, you may be concerned about where you can and cannot bring your firearm. This week, Attorney Tom Grieve discusses the legality of bringing your gun into a bar.

Can I Concealed Carry in a Bar?

The answer to this question really depends on where you are. For example, in the state of Wisconsin (at the time of filming this video), the answer is yes — provided you don’t consume any alcohol.

In some states, you may be charged with a crime simply for showing up in a pub, tavern or bar — even if you aren’t consuming any alcoholic beverages. The answer may also depend on the establishment and whether it has posted a “No Guns” sign. As with all laws, it is important to remember that the answer can change over time and based on locale. What is legal today may not be legal tomorrow or one state over.

Finally, keep in mind that if you do choose to drink and it is legal, you are setting your defense attorney up for a grave uphill battle should a self-defense incident occur. Drinking and handling a firearm can put your future at risk. Those who are intoxicated, or have consumed any alcohol, typically do not get the benefit of the doubt.

If you are looking for detailed information about if you can concealed carry in restaurants that serve alcohol in your specific state, utilize the USCCA’s free Gun Laws by State tool.

About Tom Grieve, Grieve Law

Tom Grieve is one of the most respected criminal defense lawyers in Wisconsin. A highly awarded former prosecutor, he started Grieve Law, LLC, which is one of the top criminal defense firms in the state. He developed a nuanced knowledge of Wisconsin firearms law. Tom has also received his certification as a firearms instructor and participates as a speaker and panelist with the USCCA for live broadcasts, national expos and training videos. He is even serving as a speaker and analyst on numerous TV and radio stations as well as on college and law school campuses.

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