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    carry in a bar?

    Does anyone know if you can carry in a bar. No drinking for me but still would like to carry.

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    McKenzie Tennessee, USA
    Yes, you can legally carry in any place that serves alcohol for onsite consumption so long as you are not consuming yourself.
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    Johnson City, TN
    Like FallGuy said, it's legal as long as you have a carry permit and aren't drinking yourself.

    There is one thing to keep in mind, though. Just like any other private property, a bar has the authority to post the property as prohibiting firearms possession (many bars have done so); and, if the posting meets the requirements of TCA 39-17-1359, it carries the weight of law. TCA 39-17-1359 requires all entrances to be posted with a conforming sign. The sign must meet at least one of two options. Option 1 is for the sign to contain a gun buster emblem (circle-slash with a firearm in the middle). Option 2 is for the sign to contain language "substantially similar" to the following: "AS AUTHORIZED BY TCA 39-17-1359, POSSESSION OF A WEAPON ON POSTED PROPERTY OR IN A POSTED BUILDING IS PROHIBITED AND IS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE." To be "substantially similar," the verbiage must meet a three-pronged test: (1) it must state that possession of weapons is prohibited on the property and, if applicable, the portions of the property to which the prohibition applies, (2) it must state that the posting is made pursuant to the authority of Tennessee law, and (3) it must state that carrying weapons in violation of the sign is punishable as a criminal offense. If the signs meet the requirements (they are posted at all entrances and comply with either Option 1 or Option 2 requirements), the sign carries the weight of law. This means that carrying past such a sign can result in automatic arrest (i.e., no warning to leave the property is required). It is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by a $500 fine.
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