Most mass shootings happen in what were supposed to be “gun-free zones”. That’s just a fact.
As it turns out bad guys don’t want to get shot at when carrying out their cowardly acts, so gun-free zones offer a safe haven for them.
But even though anti-gun lawmakers want to make entire cities gun-free zones, a new bill could put them in legal hot water should an individual get hurt in one of these areas.
According to the Tennessean,
If a Tennessee grocery store bans guns on its property and a black bear or wild hog kills or injures a person who otherwise would be carrying his or her gun, the gun owner would be allowed to sue the property owner if a newly introduced bill became law.
Sponsored by Sen. Dolores Gresham, R-Somerville, Senate Bill 1736 has a very specific purpose.
“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.
To accomplish that goal, the legislation allows any Tennessean with a valid gun permit to sue a property owner in the event of injury or death provided the incident occurred while in a gun-free zone.
The legislation places responsibility on the business or property owner of the gun-free area to protect the gun owner from any incidents that occur with any “invitees,” trespassers and employees found on the property, as well as vicious and wild animals and “defensible man-made and natural hazards.”
According to the bill the right to sue would not extend to someone who did not have a gun permit in the first place, and there are 3 requirements that a handgun carry permit holder would need:
- the plaintiff had to be authorized to carry a gun at the time of the incident
- the plaintiff was prohibited from carrying a firearm because of the gun-free sign
- the property owner was not required to be posted by state or federal law but was posted by choice of the defendant
I’m betting that gun owners in the other 49 states are now wanting this sort of bill to pass in their local areas. I know I’m a little jealous of Tennessee, especially if this thing passes.
It’s been proven over and over again that “gun-free zones” don’t make anyone safer, and they only offer a feeling of safety, which makes for even more dangerous circumstances.
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