Criminal Law

Being charged with a crime can be an extremely stressful and life-changing event. In today’s complex legal environment, it is easy to run afoul of federal or state criminal statutes. Whether a misdemeanor or a felony, there is a lot at stake when charged with a crime. We provide an aggressive defense that seeks to protect our clients’ futures.

Our attorneys will explain the charge, the proceedings, defenses and possible consequences. We stand with you to protect your rights and your freedom by being experienced and prepared to defend your case at trial.

Our attorneys also provide representation in cases involving administrative regulations or local ordinances. These can involve fines and loss of licenses. Our attorneys are prepared to help our clients to prevail at administrative hearings or in court.

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Firearm Transfers Between Residents of Different States

It comes as a surprise to many that federal law strictly regulates transfers of firearms between residents of different states. This is not something new. It is part of the Gun Control Act of 1968, 18 U.S. Code §922. In particular, under 18 U.S. Code §922(a)(3), it is illegal for a person who does not […]

Guns in Parks

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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 […]

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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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” […]

Firearm Trusts in Tennessee

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