Tennessee businesses that prohibit guns will be held liable for customers' safety

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(WVLT) -- A Tennessee law that went into effect July 1, 2016 deals specifically with businesses that prohibit firearms on the premises.

Under the law, these businesses will be responsible for the safety of customers with handgun carry permits while these customers are on the premise or going to and from where their gun is stored.

This responsibility covers instances of other customers' behavior, trespassers, employees' conduct, vicious or wild animals, and defensible man-made and natural hazards.

A customer who is harmed during these instances while at these businesses may sue the business.

Businesses are not held liable if they prohibit guns by posting signage as part of Tenn. Code Ann. 39-17-1359. You can read the specifics of that code on law.justia.com.

You can read the bill in full on wapp.capitol.tn.gov