Tennessee Attorney General concludes that handgun permit holders could be charged with felony for carrying an otherwise legally possessed handgun at their own church property if the church is being used for any school purposes.
Applicability of Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1309 to Religious Institutions and Home Schooling
If a church or other religious entity operates any form of school on church grounds or allows other entities to use church property for school purposes (e.g., classrooms, gym and/or sporting fields), is the property “school property” for the purposes of Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1309, which makes it a criminal offense to possess or carry weapons, including firearms, on school property?
Yes, subject to the limitations and exceptions set forth in Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1309, it is a criminal offense to possess or carry weapons, including firearms, on those portions of the property of a religious institution being used for school purposes.
You can read the entire opinion on the Attorney General’s website at Opinion 15-67.