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Find a business with a ‘No Guns’ sign?

Our Students are provided with a number of these cards in their Student packet that inform the Manager / Owner that their policies are not appreciated, and that their choices have consequences.

Do “No Gun Signs” Have the Force of Law in Pennsylvania?

No. However, it is highly recommended that you not enter a place that is posted "No Firearms" no matter what the state laws read/mean on signage.  Signs represent a notice of intent posted by the property owner.

We recommend you print out, or acquire the ‘No Guns = No Money’ Cards and give one to the owner of the establishment that has the signage. As responsible gun owners and upholders of the 2nd Amendment we should, and must also honor the rights of property owners to control their own property even if we disagree with them.

“No Firearm” signs in Pennsylvania have no force of law unless they are posted on property that is specifically mentioned in State Law as being off limits to those with a Permit/License to Carry. If you are in a place not specifically mentioned in the law that is posted (and you shouldn’t be if it’s posted) and they ask you to leave, you must leave. If you refuse to leave then you are breaking the law and can be charged. Even if the property is not posted and you are asked to leave you must leave. Always be aware of the possibility that responding Police Officers who may have been called without your knowledge and may not know the laws on trespass etc. could arrest you even if you are within the law.

From GunLawyer 001

If you carry a gun into a place that is posted against guns, you could arguably be prosecuted under the trespassing statute, for doing something on the property that you have been placed on notice you are without license to do.

Signs have legal weight. The signs in the parking garage that say "not responsible for lost items" have legal weight. Signs are not a legal nullity, and in the absence of case law interpreting the trespassing statute to clearly negate the "no guns" signs, we do a disservice to people by giving them the false sense of confidence that they are free to ignore these signs.

It's true that other states have specific statutes giving weight to these specific signs, and PA does not have such a law. However, that's not the same as saying that there's no operative difference between having a sign and not having a sign. You can't be prosecuted in PA under the "disobeying a no weapons sign" statute because there is none, but we do have a "trespassing" statute. A sign puts you on notice as to the terms of the permission granted to you to use the private property of another. If you go outside those terms of use, you are trespassing.

This is a legal matter, it's a legal conclusion, and you need to have a firm legal basis before telling anyone that it's safe to say "screw you" to a property owner and make him tell you face-to-face what his sign already advised you.

 PA Chiefs of Police Bulletin on Signage and Trespass.pdf-_No_Gun_Signs_files/PAChiefsAssocOpenCarryGuidance.pdfshapeimage_12_link_0

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