New gun laws for Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- If you have a permit to carry a handgun, Tennessee will now let you carry it into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol, provided the bar and restaurant owners doesn't object.

You also can carry that gun in wildlife areas.

Governor Bredesen signed both into law this week, and they took effect immediately.

A new law also will let off-duty law officers carry their weapons in bars and restaurants, regardless of what the owners say.

But that law doesn't take effect until Monday.

Supporters say they had to make sure law officers have the same privileges as civilians, though they had to wait three more days to get them.


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  • by Maggie Location: TN on Sep 27, 2010 at 07:20 PM
    What laws are in place to protect me as the owner of the bar/Restaurant, in case I allow a legal gun bearer inside and he shoots someone? Can I be held liable in anyway?
  • by A Hoosier Location: Indiana on Jul 14, 2009 at 12:28 PM
    Any of you ever been to a restaurant or bar in Indiana? It's always been legal in Indiana to carry a pistol with a permit into a bar and to drink alcohol while doing so. So unless Tennesseans are particularly irresponsible, I foresee no problems.
  • by sean Location: nashville on Jul 14, 2009 at 09:09 AM
    first compair how many permit holders shoot people a year hard to find huh? then look at the stats of how many illeagal gun carriers shoot people per year not hard to do. big differance. now lets look at the fact that many illeagal guns are stolen from lawfully armed citizens that obey the law and leave their sidearm in their vehicle when they go into ocharley's or a like biusness. i do not drink alcohol, but i have done security in bars and have seen smart and very dumb patrons, however i dont want to illeagalize public drinking. nor do i think that we are going to have gun fights breaking out in bars. i think muggings in bar parking lots will likly go down. plus it makes the firearms less likely to be stolen from a car. people are afraid of change but a year from now people will adjust and move on to a new drama. very few permit holders want to lose their life,just for shooting some idiot in a bar. my job requires a firearm(no comment)i have no prob with leagally armed citizen 4th am.
  • by DanPS Location: Nashville, TN on Jul 13, 2009 at 03:21 PM
    Its a good thing because now people that are out to do bad things at bars or restaurants will have to think twice before going thru with crimes not knowing whos packing.
  • by Heather Location: Knoxville city on Jul 13, 2009 at 01:23 PM
    Are you kidding?! If you ever worked in a restaurant or bar, you know how well the " no driving under the influence of alcohol" law actually is followed by patrons and controlled by owners. Consider how well the "no alcohol while carrying your gun in a restaurant or bar" law will be followed. Guns plus alcohol=trouble. Bartender and server jobs will soon be more available because if restaurants have to police alcohol and guns, many might get out of the business. Now instead of fist fights in bars, Tennessee will have gun fights in bars! Brilliant move.
  • by B on Jul 13, 2009 at 11:44 AM
    The police are ordinary citizens when they are off-duty and should be treated as such. This seems like a giant infringement on the rights of the restaurant and bar owners. This is ridiculous. And the thought of guns in bars?? That is a truly scary prospect.
  • by Aaron Location: Johnson City on Jul 12, 2009 at 03:43 PM
    About time!
  • by Liz Location: Knox on Jul 12, 2009 at 02:14 PM
    Which wildlife areas are they referring to?Is it parks like the Smokies?
  • by bob Location: kodak on Jul 12, 2009 at 08:01 AM
    It looks to me that the officers have more rights then the citizens,scince they can carry no matter what the business says. that means they think they are better then us.

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