Just in time for Independence Day, a new law that allows businesses in Tennessee to disarm concealed carry permit holders, went into effect on July 1. Nothing says happy Fourth of July like taking away the 2nd Amendment right! Fortunately for the law abiding citizen, SB 1736 does say that if in an emergency, they get injured the business will be held liable.
When the law, contained in SB 1736, takes effect, business owners who demand law-abiding citizens disarm themselves will assume liability for injuries they incur while on the “posted premises.” Moreover, the business owners will be liable for injuries a concealed permit holder incurs while retreating from the business to a vehicle–during an emergency–to retrieve the gun the business owner barred.
The summary of SB 1736 makes is clear:
Present law authorizes persons in control of property to post a notice that prohibits firearms on the premises. This bill imposes a duty of care on any person who posts their property to prohibit firearms whereby such person will be responsible for the safety of any handgun carry permit holder while the permit holder is on the posted premises and traversing any area to and from the premises and the location where the permit holder’s firearm is stored. The duty of care created by this bill will extend to the conduct of other invitees, trespassers, employees of the person or entity, vicious animals, wild animals, and defensible man-made and natural hazards.
This bill just might shoot the business owner in the foot after all.
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