Laws for protecting yourself with a gun

Laws for protecting yourself with a gun

November 13, 2006

6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- With a Knox County commissioner's gun wielding stand against an armed robbery attempt, plus an armed home invasion Monday, you may want a refresher on the gun laws for protecting yourself.

If you choose to carry a gun for protection, there are some places that are off-limits while you're armed. Those include buildings where alcohol is sold and served, all courtrooms, school campuses, public parks and playgrounds. 

As for self-defense laws, the state of Tennessee says you are justified in threatening or using force against someone when you believe your life is in immediate danger from that person.  

If you're inside your home, you have increased protection under the law. That means, you're justified in using deadly force, even if the perpetrator isn't armed.  

But in the case of the attempted robbery at Knox County Commissioner Greg "Lumpy" Lambert's car dealership, increased protection goes away. 

Legally, Lambert could only use his gun if the suspect had one, too. And in that case, he did.

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