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Sen. Jackson says law prohibits denial of beer permit to restaurants allowing guns

State statute forbids local governments from regulating firearms

Tennessee State Senate Chambers
Tennessee State Senate Chambers

NASHVILLE – Senator Doug Jackson believes existing state law pre-empts any new ordinance that may be passed by Metro Nashville to use beer permit regulation to circumvent a new state law authorizing handgun permit-holders to carry in restaurants where alcohol is served.

Tennessee law, specifically TCA 39-17-1314(a), reads in part, “No city, county, or metropolitan government shall occupy any part of the field of regulation of the transfer, ownership, possession, or transportation of firearms, ammunition, or components of firearms or combination thereof …”

Senator Jackson said:

The proposed ordinance is clearly not the correct approach and is barred by state law. State law presently gives the restaurant owner the choice to prohibit handguns by posting proper signage.

There is no need to remove options from restaurant owners or interfere with the rights of law-abiding citizens by revoking beer permits and punishing restaurants.

About Senator Doug Jackson

Senator Doug Jackson

Senator Doug Jackson represents Dickson, Giles, Hickman, Humphreys, Lawrence and Lewis counties. Contact him at (615) 310-1006, or his office at or (615) 741-4499 or 302 War Memorial Building, Nashville, TN 37243-0025.


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