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    conceal carry in church?

    i asked this on the kentucky forum but i also visit tennessee churches what is the law in tennessee for carry concealed in a church. i have been preaching a little over 4 years and i am ordained, i do not pastor any church at the moment, i get appointments to preach whenever i can. i have been lately going to baptists and methodist churches but will go to any that will let me preach. i have tried to look online but only found older posts on this, if anyone knows anything recent please let me know. thanks for any help.

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    39-17-1359. Prohibition at certain meetings -- Posting notice.

    (a) (1) Except as provided in § 39-17-1313, an individual, corporation, business entity or local, state or federal government entity or agent thereof is authorized to prohibit the possession of weapons by any person who is at a meeting conducted by, or on property owned, operated, or managed or under the control of the individual, corporation, business entity or government entity.

    (2) The prohibition in subdivision (a)(1) shall apply to any person who is authorized to carry a firearm by authority of § 39-17-1351.

    (b) (1) Notice of the prohibition permitted by subsection (a) shall be accomplished by displaying one (1) or both of the notices described in subdivision (b)(3) in prominent locations, including all entrances primarily used by persons entering the property, building, or portion of the property or building where weapon possession is prohibited. Either form of notice used shall be of a size that is plainly visible to the average person entering the building, property, or portion of the building or property, posted.

    (2) The notice required by this section shall be in English, but a duplicate notice may also be posted in any language used by patrons, customers or persons who frequent the place where weapon possession is prohibited.

    (3) (A) If a sign is used as the method of posting, it shall contain language substantially similar to the following:

    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.


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    Places of worship are not off limits by statute.

    They can post a sign compliant with 39-17-1359 as cited above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fallguy View Post
    Places of worship are not off limits by statute.

    They can post a sign compliant with 39-17-1359 as cited above.


    the one's i have went to so far don't mind me carrying, the reason i ask is the pastor at one thought i better ask in case there was a state law that prohibited it. so if the church is ok with it then i guess all is good, thanks.

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    I'm a marriage Pastor, and our church not only encourages carry, we have a sheepdog ministry made up of former and current military and LEO. We train together and conduct various drills and such. This ministry came about after a man showed up one Sunday after he met the Senior Pastors teenaged daughter on her plane ride back from visiting a school. Through their discussion on the plane, he learned what church she went to, he showed up for service, then a couple of our men found him hiding in the mechanical closet in the final sweep before locking the church up for the night. Cops were called, reports were filed and he went on his way with a warning to never show his face here again. You can never be too careful.

    Just as long as it's okay with the Senior Pastor, you should be good to go in TN.

    Scott

    edited to add: We are near Ft. Campbell and have a large percentage of military in our congregation to fill out this ministry.
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