A new Tennessee law, effective July 1, 2013, allows Tennessee employees who hold valid permits to carry concealed weapons, to bring their weapons onto their employer's parking lot, under certain conditions. In light of this new law, Tennessee employers who wish to limit handguns and other weapons on their premises should continue to post signs advising that weapons are not permitted on their property unless the employee or visitor holds a valid concealed carry permit. The law allows employers to continue to prohibit weapons inside their building, and it allows employers to continue to prohibit weapons even in parking lots, if the employee or visitor does not have a valid carry permit.
Employers are also permitted
- To require that employees who may legally bring a handgun onto the property park in a specific designated parking area of the employer's premises,
- To notify the company that the employee has a weapon in the vehicle, and
- To provide proof to the employer that the employee holds a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon.
To read more about the "Guns in Trunks" Law click here.
Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Bill Ozier spoke before Tennessee's Senate Judiciary Committee related to the "guns in trunks" proposal. He also spoke on behalf of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry where is he currently serving as chair of the organization. The links below provide access to local coverage of the proceedings.
"Parking Lot Gun Bill Headed To Senate Floor" - NewsChannel5
"'Guns in Trunks' Passes Over Business Objections" - Nashville Public Radio
"Tennessee Senate Panel OKs Guns in Parking Lots Bill" - Chattanooga Times Free Press
"Tenn. Guns-In-Trunks Bill Speeds on Despite Questions" – WLTX
Bill Ozier also spoke to The Wall Street Journal on behalf of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Subscribers can access the story by clicking here.
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