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Defining prohibited weapons in Tennessee

Like all residents of Clarksville, you have a constitutional right to bear arms to defend yourself. This may be why so many come to us here at Runyon and Runyon confused after having been arrested on weapons possession charges. The law does indeed allow you to own weapons, and to carry them with in certain situations. However, it should also be understood that the possession of certain types of weapons may constitute a criminal offense.

Can you cite self-defense after having used a gun?

The term “self-defense” is seemingly brought up so often in criminal cases that you and others in Clarksville may give no credence to it all. Yet are there situations where the use of force (including using a gun) is indeed legally justified? The problem with citing self-defense as a defense to prosecution is that many may view your definition of being in danger as subjective. Others may try and portray you as being “trigger happy” by the mere fact that you own a gun. It is a good thing, then, that Tennessee state law clearly defines the scenarios where self-defense is justified.

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