Restaurant: TN Gun Law Creates Unsafe Workplaces


A Nashville restaurant owner plans to ask today for a quick decision in his lawsuit challenging the new Tennessee law that allows guns in restaurants and bars, The Tennessean reports. Randy Rayburn will argue that the the law, which took effect last month, creates unsafe workplaces, violating federal occupational safety and health laws. “We’re moving for summary judgment on the idea that state law is pre-empted by OSHA,” said Rayburn’s attorney.

The plaintiffs also are arguing that the law is unconstitutionally vague, creating confusion for police officers, restaurant owners and gun owners, and that it illegally delegates police powers to restaurant owners, who have to post signs if they want to ban guns on their premises. A judge had said that the case should be heard by mid-October.

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