Effective July 1, 2016 Tennessee law has new requirements for signs that are to be posted to prohibit the possession of weapons by persons entering an establishment.
Previous legislation stated that if a sign was used as the method of posting, it should contain language similar to “AS AUTHORIZED BY T.C.A. § 39-17-1359, POSSESSION OF A WEAPON ON POSTED PROPERTY OR IN A POSTED BUILDING IS PROHIBITED AND IS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE”.
The law now requires the following:
39-17-1359 (b) (3) (A):
A sign shall be used as the method of posting. The sign shall include the phrase "NO FIREARMS ALLOWED", and the phrase shall measure at least one inch (1") high and eight inches (8") wide. The sign shall also include the phrase "As authorized by T.C.A. Section 39-17-1359".
39-17-1359 (b) (3) (B):
The sign shall include a pictorial representation of the phrase "NO FIREARMS ALLOWED" that shall include a circle with a diagonal line through the circle and an image of a firearm inside the circle under the diagonal line. The entire pictorial representation shall be at least four inches (4") high and four inches (4") wide. The diagonal line shall be at a forty-five degree (45deg.) angle from the upper left to the lower right side of the circle.
Do you have to replace existing signs with the new one?
An individual, corporation, business entity, or government entity that, as of January 1, 2015, used signs to provide notice of their weapons prohibition shall have until January 1, 2018, to replace existing signs with signs that meet the new requirements.