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Guns Now Legal in Tenn. Restaurants

Guns Now Legal in Tenn. Restaurants

Associated Press

A law allowing anyone in Tennessee with a valid permit to carry a handgun to bring it into a restaurant has taken effect after a last-minute challenge failed.

In the Nashville area, Davidson County Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman refused a request Monday by bar and restaurant owners to keep the law from taking effect, the Memphis Commercial-Appeal reported. But Bonnyman said their argument the law is too vague “does have merit” and said she will move their lawsuit quickly.

Shelby County Attorney Brian Kuhn, in an area that includes the state’s largest city, Memphis, issued a non-binding opinion the law is unconstitutional. Kuhn said another law allowing guns in parks is also unconstitutional.

The law allows restaurant owners to ban guns from their establishments.

Tennessee law makes no legal distinction between restaurants that serve alcohol and bars. Restaurant owners say that makes it unclear where guns can legally be carried and where not.

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