Taking a stand for the Second Amendment in today’s hot and heavy anti-gun climate takes courage, boldness, and a whole lot of love for the Constitution, which are apparently things the state of Tennessee possesses by the bucketfull.The state passed an amazing piece of pro-gun legislation set to go into effect July 1– Senate Bill 1736 — that’s been doing a lot of big things in the way of protecting the Second Amendment rights of American citizens.
According to BizPacReview, Introduced in January and effective July 1, 2016, the bill says if a citizen with a legal concealed carry permit gets injured in a “gun-free zone” where they have effectively been stripped of their Second Amendment rights, said citizen will be allowed to SUE the person or business who set up the “gun-free zone” in the first place!
According to Bearing Arms, “Any permit holder injured as a result of being stripped of their right to self-defense, and their handgun, in a posted gun-free zone can file a lawsuit within two years of the event as long as they meet the following requirements: 1.) were authorized to carry a gun at the time of the incident 2.) prohibited from carrying a firearm because of a gun-free sign 3.) the property owner was not required to be posted by state or federal law and posted by choice.”
So, supposing a Tennessee convenience store owner posted one of those “no gun” signs in his store because he just knows the criminals are going to look at that sign and say, “Dang it, I guess I can’t rob this store. There’s a NO GUN sign!”Except, let’s say some criminal ignores the sign (the nerve!) and robs the place anyway. Supposing that happens, and a conceal carry owner who obediently left his firearm at home or in his car so as not to disobey the law gets injured by the criminal, the conceal carry owner will then be able to sue the store owner for damages.
“It is the intent of this section to balance the right of a handgun carry permit holder to carry a firearm in order to exercise the right of self-defense and the ability of a property owner or entity in charge of the property to exercise control over governmental or private property,” the bill states.
The purpose of the law is to make the business owner responsible for the safety of his or her customers, since their own policies removed the customer’s ability to carry a gun and protect themselves and their families.A failure to provide adequate security against attackers could result in a massive lawsuit, hitting said company where it hurts the most: their wallet.
Hopefully this legislation will inspire businesses to ease restrictions on customers carrying weapons, which in turn will make terrorists and criminals think twice before attempting to pull off a mass shooting.This is the kind of bill every state needs to adopt, which is what most gun owners and Second Amendment supporters are hoping will happen as a result of this legislation and the success it’s having in Tennessee.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]