Gun violence and gun control are hot topics here in Tennessee. We have been hearing from folks asking: how can I prohibit firearms in my restaurant, bar or other Tennessee business?
Tennessee businesses can prohibit the legal carrying of firearms by posting signs that state “NO FIREARMS ALLOWED” in letters that are at least one inch high and eight inches wide. Updated in 2017, the law also requires that the sign state: “As authorized by T.C.A. §39-17-1359.” And if that’s not enough, the sign also has to include the universal “No Handgun” sign, inside a circle at least four inches in diameter.
Here is a sample:
We find ourselves humming Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Saturday Night Special.
Mr. Saturday night special
Got a barrel that’s blue and cold
Ain’t good for nothin’
But put a man six feet in a hole
Oh, it’s the Saturday night special, for twenty dollars you can buy yourself one too
Keep in mind that law enforcement officers may still carry firearms, regardless of sign postings.
Businesses must post the sign at every public entrance to the business. We recommend that the signs be posted at patios, backdoors and other portals that could arguably be considered a public entrance. If you want to prohibit guns, better safe than sorry.
Carrying a gun on a property with proper signage is a misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $500.