Carry in a Bar?

When we go for longer motorcycle rides in Wisconsin, we sometimes stop at different restaurants or bar & grill-type places. I always carry on the bike, so I don’t drink and try to avoid the pubs bars and prefer to go to open-air restaurants instead. I don’t like being around people who are drinking when I carry.

Here’s more information from Tom Grieve about carrying in a bar:

Check out your state laws with the USCCA Reciprocity Map here.

If it’s legal in your state, do you carry in a bar?


I don’t drink, so I don’t go in “a bar.” In Illinois, if an establishment makes 50 percent or more of its revenue from the sale of alcohol, it is against the law to carry a firearm in there.


I do if I am not drinking. I am not in bars often but I carry everywhere in Kentucky wit very few exceptions.

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In Michigan you cannot concealed carry anywhere where the primary source of income is alcohol. That being said, this doesn’t apply to open carry with a cpl.

I try to avoid bars myself, I don’t drink and having to deal with drunks at work means i would rather avoid them when I’m off work.


Oh forgot to mention: also does not apply if you have permission to CC in that establishment.


I think it should be like a DL. Carry in bars should be legal, but drinking while carrying should not be, at least more than 1 drink like having a set BAC level as they do for drivers or commercial drivers (which is stricter then normal drivers).


I carry everywhere I legally can period. If I’m in a bar/restaurant that carry is legal in I’m carrying. As per state law I will not have more than one alcoholic beverage though if I drink at all.

On the list of things I find to be important drinking is way down towards the bottom so if I have to make a choice between the two I’ll carry and not drink.

Unfortunately places that serve alcohol are at least as likely to be targeted by criminals as those that don’t.

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Agreed. I am unaware of any state in which you can be legally intoxicated while in lawful possession of a firearm.


Unless your a dancing FBI agent? Sorry, I couldn’t resist.


I did say “lawfully”.

I believe he also was fired and lost his certification.


I know. I just used that example, since it shows that, no matter who we are, booze and guns are not good together.


You just made me go look by bringing it up so I figured I’d share what I found.


MN was .04 - same as a commercial drivers license.

But now that I am back in WI it is not a drop; which is why I have my wife as my designated carrier and driver :slight_smile:

On the motorcycle I am 100% sober until the bike is parked and if we stop someplace it is more likely to be a DQ or Culvers for ice cream than a bar for those of us that ride Goldwings.


Thank you for sharing! I hadn’t seen that article!

:woman_facepalming: What was he thinking??

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i’m a non drinker but do occasionally got to a bar either to hear my friends band play and/ or to be the DD for the night. I always carry when i go out and in Delaware it is legal to carry in a bar.