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New law addresses liability for gun free businesses

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A new law concerning liability for gun-free businesses has gone into effect.

It's been amended from the original version.

SB 1746 originally stated that gun-free businesses could be held liable if a person with a permit is harmed while inside their business.

That person would have to make a case that the incident may have not been as severe if they had a gun to protect themselves.

The Pharmacy Burger Parlor in East Nashville prohibits guns. Instead, the restaurant uses a security guard to protect its customers.

“It’s definitely a deterrent, so if somebody was to commit a crime, I think seeing armed security at the front of the establishment that they would probably think otherwise,” said Security Guard JD Lazare.

But earlier this year, the bill was amended to create immunity from civil liability for those businesses.

However, the immunity granted does not apply to a person or business whose conduct or failure to act is the result of gross negligence.

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