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    Carry in Maryville, TN?

    Howdy all. The wife and I are looking at retiring to the Maryville/knoxville area and we are seriously looking at a house in the Maryville area. When researching the weapons discharge ordinances I found this ordinance concerning the carrying of weapons and firearms:

    Code of ordinances for Maryville:

    "11-603. Weapons and firearms generally. It shall be unlawful for any person to carry in any manner whatever, with the intent to go armed, any razor, dirk, knife, blackjack, brass knucks, pistol, revolver, or any other dangerous weapon or instrument."

    I did not see any exception for legal handgun permit holders.

    Does this mean it is illegal for legal permit holders to carry in Maryville or does the Tennessee state law preempt this ordinance?


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    LOL I was in Maryville just two weeks ago, driving the Tail of the Dragon US-129 in my new (to me) BMW X5 diesel sport Behemoth, and visiting on Clover Hill Road, at the very tip.

    Helping a family member, from Kansas, clear out their backseat, I remarked on the pistols moved to the trunk. The missus is a Kansas family courts judge and they both carry always.

    Tennessee does preempt political subdivisions' gun law but no agent is charged with enforcement. You may beat the rap (local charges preempted) but you will not beat the ride. I attended a couple of large public events and did not notice an excess of IQ points, particularly among the law enforcement agents.

    Tennessee Code 39-17-1314. Local regulation of firearms and ammunition preempted by state regulation — Actions against firearms or ammunition manufacturers, trade associations or dealers
    Current as of: 2010 | Check for updates | Other versions

    (a) Except as provided in 39-17-1311(d), which allows counties and municipalities to prohibit the possession of handguns while within or on a public park, natural area, historic park, nature trail, campground, forest, greenway, waterway or other similar public place that is owned or operated by a county, a municipality or instrumentality thereof, 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 combinations thereof; provided, that this section shall be prospective only and shall not affect the validity of any ordinance or resolution lawfully enacted before April 8, 1986.

    (b) The general assembly declares that the lawful design, marketing, manufacture and sale of firearms and ammunition to the public are not unreasonably dangerous activities and do not constitute a nuisance per se.

    (c) (1) The authority to bring suit and right to recover against any firearms or ammunition manufacturer, trade association or dealer by or on behalf of any state entity, county, municipality or metropolitan government for damages, abatement or injunctive relief resulting from or relating to the lawful design, manufacture, marketing or sale of firearms or ammunition to the public shall be reserved exclusively to the state.

    (2) Nothing in this subsection (c) shall be construed to prohibit a county, municipality, or metropolitan government from bringing an action against a firearms or ammunition manufacturer or dealer for breach of contract or warranty as to firearms or ammunition purchased by such county, municipality, or metropolitan government.

    (3) Nothing in this subsection (c) shall preclude an individual from bringing a cause of action for breach of a written contract, breach of an express warranty, or for injuries resulting from defects in the materials or workmanship in the manufacture of the firearm.

    (d) The provisions of subsections (b) and (c) shall not apply in any litigation brought by an individual against a firearms or ammunition manufacturer, trade association or dealer.

    [Acts 1989, ch. 591, 1; 1999, ch. 293, 1, 2; 2009, ch. 428, 3.
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    Just last year a restaurant in Maryville got national attention because they encouraged the carry of handguns, and some of their staff did so as well. Name of the place was Shiloh Brew and Chew, which seemed sort of an odd moniker as they didn't serve alcohol.

    Since I had to look them up to recall the name, I read some Yelp reviews. The only patron who mentioned being upset seeing the guns was from, yep, Manhattan, NYC.

    Notice I've phrased some of this in past tense. Looks like Shiloh Brew and Chew has closed their doors, making a go of a small restaurant is a tough battle, especially the first year or two. Even a national news story couldn't put them over the top it appears.

    But anyhow, I would say that if the locals and PD had no problems with an OC friendly dining spot, I expect individual visitors doing so wouldn't cause any alarm either.

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    Carry of any kind is by license only in TN. Carry is generally accepted and most LEO know the laws here in TN. Maryville is home to Maryville College. Signs carry weight of law here in TN. A new resident has 6 months to convert their out of state license to a TN license and must go through the training and application process as if you never possessed one. You will love TN.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare View Post
    BTW, that statute referenced was revised over a year ago. All local ordinances are zapped including the pre-1986 grandfathered ones, except those affecting firearm discharge, location of firing ranges, and carry by city/county employees and contractors.

    There are LOTS of archaic firearm laws on the books around TN, most of which haven't been enforced in many years, even before state took preemption. This one is common, and is still in city code here in Knoxville:

    "Sec. 19-104. - Carrying dangerous weapon.

    Any person who shall carry in any manner whatever, with the intent to go armed, any razor, dirk, bowie knife or other knife of like form, shape or size, sword cane, icepick, slingshot, blackjack, brass knuckles, Spanish stiletto, or fountain pen pistol or gun, or like instrument containing a firing pin and capable of shooting tear gas or pistol cartridges, or any pistol or revolver of any kind whatever, except an Army or Navy pistol which shall be carried openly in the hand, or any other dangerous weapon, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. "

    - OS
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