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CHL Corner: Intoxication

Is there a legal limit of intoxication for a CHL holder?
As we get closer to fireworks and time out on the lake for July 4th, this important question will come up for many of us.
The answer to this question is simple and straight forward. No, there is not a legal limit of intoxication for a CHL holder. But this does not mean that a CHL holder can be intoxicated while carrying a firearm. The state has defined for us in the penal code what intoxicated means.
“Intoxicated means not having the normal use of mental or physical faculties by reason of the introduction of alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug, a dangerous drug, a combination of two or more of those substances, or any other substance into the body; or, having an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more.” (At this point you are legally considered intoxicated and the officers need not prove you have lost use of your mental or physical faculties.)
So if one drink causes you to lose your normal mental or physical faculties the penal code views you to be intoxicated. Some other items that could cause you to lose normal faculties could be things like allergy medicine, cold medicine, prescription medicines and illegal drugs.
It is important to remember that this section of the penal code is specific to being intoxicated while carrying a firearm concealed on or about your person. So please be mindful when carrying.
Have a happy and safe holiday!
– Cassie Roberts, CHL Instructor