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This is a discussion on NOT GOOD--In Tennessee within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I agree with Mr. Kerbouchard on this one; A positive ruling in the Heller case will definitely set a precedent for a legal challenge on ...

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    I agree with Mr. Kerbouchard on this one; A positive ruling in the Heller case will definitely set a precedent for a legal challenge on those grounds.

    After all, if you are legally licensed to carry a handgun for self-defense, should not every property owner who denies you this fundamental right be responsible for your protection?
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    I may be mistaken, but I seem to recall in this case the man did need to display his firearm to prevent an assault...perhaps I am merging it with another case?

    Just checked, and nope, not merging it, although I cannot tell from the write-up how truly justified his display was (although the other party was convicted of carrying a knife on school property). Here is the link:

    http://www.tsc.state.tn.us/OPINIONS/.../clarktopn.pdf

    So, basically, as I understand the way the Appeals Court is interpreting the law, they are saying the language means "shall not be charged or convicted" really means "shall not be convicted" because the judge should not have conducted a pre-trial evidenciary hearing. Safe harbor means very little...you still have to hire an attorney an defend yourself in court. And, TCA 39-17-1310 doesn't really help, either:

    "TCA 39-17-1310. Affirmative defense to carrying weapons on school property. —

    It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under 39-17-1309(a)-(d) that the person's behavior was in strict compliance with the requirements of one (1) of the following classifications:

    (1) A person hunting during the lawful hunting season on lands owned by any public or private educational institution and designated as open to hunting by the administrator of the educational institution;

    (2) A person possessing unloaded hunting weapons while transversing the grounds of any public or private educational institution for the purpose of gaining access to public or private lands open to hunting with the intent to hunt on the public or private lands unless the lands of the educational institution are posted prohibiting entry;

    (3) A person possessing guns or knives when conducting or attending “gun and knife shows” and the program has been approved by the administrator of the educational institution; or

    (4) A person entering the property for the sole purpose of delivering or picking up passengers and who does not remove, utilize or allow to be removed or utilized any weapon from the vehicle [emphasis added]."

    The affirmative defense only applies if one is dropping off or picking up passengers, and even then, it may not apply if one does need to use a firearm in self-defense, because then one is no longer within strict compliance of the classification.

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    Attorneys, please feel free to weigh in, because definitely, IANAL!

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    After reading the courts ruling I don't agree with them. He was a victem of a crime and as such defended himself with his gun. The way I read the law he was legal to do so, and should not have been charged.
    I also agree with Rock and Glock. The state did not appeal the decision within the specified time frame and because of that the apellate court should have not even reviewed the case.
    I wonder if they would have reviewed it if the trial court judge had ruled against Mr Clark and his attorney had been late filing his appeal?

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    Look at the Appeals Court ruling this way: They have remanded the case back to the original court. The original court found that the gun owner was not subject to be charged. The Appeals Court just found issue with how the court reached it's ruling. Therefore it seems logicial that the original court will revisit the charges, follow the procedures the Appeals Court wants them to follow, and reach the same conclusion - the gun owner should not be charged. In which case the Prosecutor will probably appeal again.

    This could very well end up with the state Supreme Court and/or SCOTUS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rj112275 View Post
    I understand it like this...

    It is illegal to carry a firearm onto certain properties in Tennessee... places where alcohol is served, schools, areas posted, etc.

    However, if you choose to carry onto those properties, and end up using your firearm in the defense of your life, the state cannot charge you will illegal carry BECAUSE it was evident by your use of your handgun in the protection of life, it was necessary to have, and preservation of life overrules the restriction to carry.

    So, in this case, it sounds like he got caught with his gun in a place where he was not suppose to have a firearm. If that is the case, shame on him. Don't get caught! The only time folks should be aware of you carrying, is when it is used legally to defend life.

    Does that all sounds about right? I hope I'm close on this.

    +1 to digitalexplr
    While this would have been correct before, now that the "Castle Doctrine" law was re-enforced, it screwed this all up for us.
    Th new castle doctrine law, as it was re worded and re-enforced, states that you can not be sued civilly for shooting someone in self defense so long as you are not breaking the law when you are forced to shoot. What this does is negate the safe harbor clause in the restaurant carry law because if you have to shoot in self defense in a restaurant, you broke the law bringing the gun in. No safe harbor, no protection.

    There are some other aspects of this that screw it all up for us but that is the gist of it.

    The TFA is working to get the updated castle doctrine law re-worded so the safe harbor clause will be in play again but I wouldn't count on it actually getting pushed through.

    While I know that the original post was dealing with carrying a gun on school property, the basic premise is the same and I believe it applies the same to both situations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rj112275 View Post
    I understand it like this...

    It is illegal to carry a firearm onto certain properties in Tennessee... places where alcohol is served, schools, areas posted, etc.

    However, if you choose to carry onto those properties, and end up using your firearm in the defense of your life, the state cannot charge you will illegal carry BECAUSE it was evident by your use of your handgun in the protection of life, it was necessary to have, and preservation of life overrules the restriction to carry.
    I'm in Tennessee. From what I understand, yes, you have it exactly right; if you use a weapon in self defense that you otherwise weren't carrying legally, then it becomes legal. I know, it doesn't make much sense on the surface, but I guess it's a good thing with the implication that fear for one's life should supercede all else.

    Quote Originally Posted by rj112275 View Post
    So, in this case, it sounds like he got caught with his gun in a place where he was not suppose to have a firearm. If that is the case, shame on him. Don't get caught! The only time folks should be aware of you carrying, is when it is used legally to defend life.
    That's how it sounds to me, too. We can legally have the gun in our vehicle on school grounds, but we can't have it physically on our person.
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