California Hospitals

I was wondering if anyone knows if you are permitted to carry in a hospital in California.


Suggest you telephone a hospital and ask. Or, speak with an attorney.


I do not believe you can carry in any hospital in the Nation, Just look on the entrance doors.
Personally, I would rather have it and not need it. :slightly_smiling_face:
@Bruce_D Welcome to the community. :us:
For any other info on California.


Except the VA (federal)

Hospitals aren’t listed here but as privately-owned business, may decide to make their property a gun-free zone, which means they’ll ask you to leave if they find out.
Trespassing is a misdemeanor so it’s best to just leave.


California, maybe not, but hospitals are considered “public buildings” in Oregon.
Generally not a problem with CHL.

“Any person who intentionally possesses a loaded or unloaded firearm or any other instrument used as a dangerous weapon, while in or on a public building, shall upon conviction be guilty of a Class C felony.”

…except concealed handgun license holders, law enforcement, and a few other small categories.

Private property may be posted against carry by everyone, but — if otherwise legal — being detected would result in “please leave or else civil trespass complaint.”


I don’t recall seeing any signs about guns on the doors when I have gone to hospitals in my state. Which is not CA.

To my knowledge, hospitals are not an off limits location in CA.

That said, while looking it up to double check…did you know it’s illegal to possess both a gun, and ammunition that can be fired in that gun…while at a gun show, unless LE/security/a vendor selling them? Like, it’s illegal to go to a gun show in CA and have both a 9mm unloaded firearm in a case, and 9mm ammo?

Today I learned

Law section.


Thank you for your help.

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Thank you for the information along with the gun show restrictions.

Welcome to the community @Bruce_D. We are glad to have.

Great post, for us to be mindful for each state. I might suggest we each also differentiate when we enter as an emergency patient Vs. as a visitor, or as an employee of said hospital, as protocols may differ there.

Might not apply to all, but I’ve seen a strict state hospital lock box a firearm and return it on the patient’s way out. I thought that “respectful”.


thats stupid i cARRY LOADED AND AN EXTRA MAG, BECAUSE IM IN Ca. 10 RD MAG MAX…havent had to go to the hosp…n awhile… but i carry every day so if i ended up there id be carrying… HMMM.

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Thank you

@mattm >> I’m surprised <<


I never thought of hospitals as a place likely to be off limits by law.

Also, there is a bit of a paradox where “may issue” states tend to have fewer places off limits than some of the shall issue, because they get to selectively pick and choose who gets the licenses at all. Or, so it seems…the most recently a state went shall issue, and the more controversial that was, the longer the list of off limits places as a “compromise” with those who didn’t want shall issue at all

But then, as time goes on, and we once again re-re-re-reprove that legal carriers are not a problem, off limits lists shrink and Constitutional Carry starts to come up

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Yeah, I’ll tell yeah, it’s the wild west here in the nutmeg state :rofl:
Lamont’s got some bs in the pipeline…always something it seems.

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I live in CA and haven’t been in a hospital (thankfully in over 3 years. So I’m not sure on that one (trying to dig it up but if memory serves as long as it isn’t State run or Federal they should have it posted at the door).
I did find this interesting in relation to the Umm Suggestions we get from Sacramento these days:

Heck these days everyone looks like a bandit from the old west to me lol

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