Solution to Private Gun-Free Zones: A Private Cause of Action
I've long believed that the real solution to private "gun-free" zones was simply the legislative creation of a private cause of action that would allow those disarmed and wounded in such a zone to bring suite against the private persons who chose to create the high-risk "gun-free" zone. Choose to deny the public you invite onto your premises the same kind of safety equipment the law allows them to possess on the sidewalk immediately outside your premises? Fine: but if they find themselves unable to defend themselves against a criminal use of force on your premises you'll be held accountable for their damages.
Breitbart Government reports that Senator Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville), a state senator in Tennessee, seems to have the same idea, and is advancing a bill to that effect.
Under Gresham’s bill, a concealed permit holder would have up to two years to file a suit after being injured, with the following provisions:
- the plaintiff had to be authorized to carry a gun at the time of the incident
- the plaintiff was prohibited from carrying a firearm because of the gun-free sign
- the property owner was not required to be posted by state or federal law but was posted by choice of the defendant
Gresham’s bill does not cover individuals without concealed carry permits.