Legal Information for Restaurants
Tennessee law now requires all establishments that serve alcohol, wine, or beer to take action if they intend to ban firearms from their premises. On June 21, 2010, the Tennessee General Assembly passed Pub. L. 1009 over the veto of Gov. Phil Bredesen. Pub. L. 1009 modifies Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1305, which previously banned all firearms from premises where alcohol is served.
The New Default - Guns Allowed
The new law, now in effect, allows persons with permits to carry guns to carry their firearm onto the property of any establishment in Tennessee that serves alcohol, including any restaurant or bar, unless the property owner posts a notice stating firearms are banned from the property. Without a publicly visible posting, persons with carry permits can lawfully bring their guns into any bar, restaurant, or other premises that serves alcohol, any time of day or night.
You May Prohibit Guns by Posting
To prohibit firearms, a business serving alcohol must post signs stating (1) the property is posted under authority of Tennessee law; (2) weapons or firearms are prohibited from the building, property, or portion thereof; and (3) possessing a weapon in a posted area is a criminal offense.
Property owners may also post by using the international circle-and-slash symbolizing the prohibition of the item within the circle.
The notice must be posted at “all entrances primarily used by persons entering the property, building, or portion of the property or building where weapon possession is prohibited.”
The notice must be in English, but also may be in any other language.Consuming Alcohol with a Gun Prohibited
If a person brings a firearm onto the premises of an establishment serving alcohol, beer, or wine, the person may not consume.
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