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In Our Judgment

The official Frantz, McConnell, and Seymour, LLP blog.

Providing insight on laws that regulate the manufacture, trade, possession, transfer, record keeping, and transport of firearms, ammunition, and firearms accessories.

Guns in Parks

Possession of weapons in parks is governed by Tenn. Code 39-17-1311.  Generally, it is an offense for a person to carry certain weapons in or on the grounds of any public park owned by the state, counties, cities or towns.  There are exceptions for law enforcement officers, security guards and others.  This article concerns the exception for handgun permit holders.

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A person who has been “adjudicated as a mental defective” or who has been committed to a mental institution may not lawfully possess firearms or ammunition under federal and Tennessee law.  18 U.S. Code §922 and Tenn. Code. Ann. §39-17-(f)(1)(C).

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Riding Around with Guns in Cars

Perhaps the biggest, and least noticed, change in Tennessee firearms law is Tenn. Code §39-17-1307(e).  This provision allows anyone who can legally possess a “firearm” (handgun, rifle or shotgun) to possess or carry a firearm and ammunition in a motor vehicle of which they lawfully possess.  (An armed car thief gets no benefit from this defense).

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What Do You Do With Grandpa’s Machine Gun?

Duties of the personal representative or executor of an estate (I’ll use ‘executor’ for both) include gathering, protecting and distributing assets that belonged to the deceased.  In this part of the country, firearms are frequently part of the estate.  After the firearms are safely unloaded and securely stored, it’s time to decide what you have.

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Big Change In the Law Affecting Guns in Employer Parking Lots

In 2013, Tennessee enacted the so-called “guns in trunks law”, Tenn. Code §39-17-1313.  This provided a defense to a criminal prosecution for a handgun carry permit holder, if parked on property where the owner prohibited firearm possession.  However, the statute did not specifically prohibit an employer from firing an employee for violating a “no guns” policy of the business.  This changes when a new law takes effect July 1, 2015.

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