The Tennessee Concealed Weapons Statute allows employers to ban firearms on premises owned, managed, or under the control of a corporation or business, excluding firearms covered by a valid handgun carry permit stored in employee-owned vehicles in parking lots. (See Parking lots, below, for details.) The ban may apply both to employees and nonemployees, including job applicants and visitors (TN Code Sec. 39-17-1315et seq.).
The workplace ban must apply to all employees equally and should include subsidiaries and affiliates. An employer must give notice to employees that employment and entry to the workplace is contingent on compliance with the no-firearms policy. The policy must be posted and otherwise communicated to employees. An employer may implement the policy through disciplinary measures or termination of employees who violate it. Employers may also include a provision in their policies to authorize searches of desks, lockers, and other property of the employer for firearms and ask that employees sign a consent form agreeing to such searches as a condition of employment.
Posting. Notice of the workplace firearms ban should be posted conspicuously at entrances to buildings and parking lots.
Restaurants and bars. Possession of a firearm by persons with a state-issued permit to carry, in a building open to the public where liquor is served for on-premises consumption, is no longer prohibited (TN Code Sec. 39-17-1305). A person carrying a firearm may not consume alcohol in the establishment.
Parking lots. Effective July 1, 2013, valid handgun carry permitholders may transport and store firearms and ammunition in their privately owned vehicles while in a public or private parking area if the vehicle is lawfully ...