Sunday, August 8, 2010

Gander Mountain gets it

photo by Liston Matthews
Gander Mountain understands defensive handgun carry. Their posted policy welcomes those who carry lawfully whether openly or concealed. Although it is not widely practiced, Tennessee law permits open carry.

This photo was taken at the Gander Mountain store on Parkside Drive in Knoxville, TN.

Those who carry openly should be aware that police could be called when they are seen with a gun. Be prepared to offer your permit to any responding officer. Be polite, and have a copy of the AG opinion (linked above) with you. The Knoxville Police Department and Knox County Sheriff's Office are aware of the open carry provision of Tennessee law. Keep in mind, also, that not all businesses are 'gun-friendly'. Under new legislation passed this year, which is different from before, any POSTED signage, including the circle & slash is acceptable. Avoid those places if you are carrying a defensive firearm.

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Disclaimer: The information and ideas presented in this column are provided for informational purposes only. Gun rights, like all other Constitutionally recognized rights, must be exercised responsibly. Firearms, like cars, kitchen knives and life itself all can be dangerous. You should get professional training as part of any plan to use firearms for any purpose. I have made a reasonable, good-faith effort to assure that the content of this column is accurate. I have no control over what you do, and specifically accept no responsibility for anything you do as a result of reading my columns. Any action or lack of action on your part is strictly your responsibility.

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