Introduction and Legal Disclaimer
First and foremost allow us to say that we firmly believe that the majority of our members are mature and self-guiding enough that these rules will fall into the category of common sense. Unfortunately there sometimes arise incidents when it is helpful to be able to refer to a set of written guidelines for what is considered "acceptable behavior".
TNGunOwners.com (herein referred to as Tennessee Gun Owners or TGO) and its staff are ultimately not responsible for what the members of the community upload or say within the confines of this website. By using the Tennessee Gun Owners web site you indicate an acceptance of these rules and agree to follow them. Furthermore, you agree to hold TGO and its staff members harmless and indemnify them from any legal claims resulting from your use of this website.
Because there are only a few rules and because they are so simple in nature, they are strictly enforced.
Revised September 18, 2020
Rule #1: Maintain good fellowship.
There will be times that you do not agree with someone else, and times when no one else agrees with you. No matter what the case may be, you are expected to handle differences and disagreements with maturity and tact. Handled responsibly, debates are welcomed and even encouraged, however, name calling, slurs, flame posts, and other insulting remarks meant to cause conflict are not allowed. You don't have to agree, but you do have to try to get along. If someone is being abusive, report it to the TGO Staff.
Rule #2: Do not engage in or promote illegal, unethical or threatening activities.
You may not use this website to promote illegal, unethical or threatening activities, including but not limited to intentionally sharing private, semi-private or identifying information about people with malicious intent (aka "doxxing").
You should carefully consider that what you say here today could haunt you elsewhere tomorrow. The Internet provides an almost indelible record of everything said or done on websites such as this and there are many eyes upon us. The media and law enforcement frequently monitor websites for their own purposes.
Rule #3: Keep it on topic.
When contributing to a conversation, do your best to keep your comments topical and relevant to the discussion at hand. Also, our message forums are divided into topical sub-forums so that similar topics are collected together. Please help us by starting new conversations within the sub-forum that relates to your topic.
Rule #4: Personal Sale Advertisements
The sale or trade of all personally owned items must be conducted through our Trading Post forums. You may only post ads for sale or trade of items that you yourself own. Do not make posts "selling this item for a buddy" or otherwise engage in third-party transactions, as you will bear the full responsibility of how that transaction plays out, good or bad. By using the Trading Post, you understand that you assume the burden of following all local, State, Federal and International laws that pertain to the transaction. You also understand and agree that this website, its staff, and owners cannot be held responsible for any damages, direct or indirect, caused by the result of any transaction made between you and any other party.
When you engage in the sale or purchase of an item from a member of TGO via the Trading Post, you are committing to carry through with that transaction. Failing to complete the transaction as either the buyer or the seller can lead to revocation of your ability to participate in the Trading Post and, in certain cases, termination of your account on TGO.
TGO takes the matter of fraudulent sales very seriously. As the seller, if you collect money from an individual for the sale of a product or service and then fail to provide that product or service to the individual in agreed-upon time and in the agreed-upon condition, you must either refund the buyer the full amount paid or reach another mutually agreed-upon resolution with the buyer. Failure to do so will result in your account being terminated on TGO and, in certain cases, may result in criminal and/or civil charges being filed against you by the buyer. TGO cooperates fully with law enforcement in the prosecution of fraudulent sales.
Rule #5: Commercial Advertisements
Advertising opportunities exist for businesses who wish to promote their goods and services through our website by becoming a Sponsor. Only Sponsors may post commercial advertising or solicit business on this website. Please use the Contact Us link provided on each page of this website to learn more about how you can advertise with us.
Please understand that we have zero-tolerance for companies that attempt to engage in acts of soliciting undercover or have others do so for them. We consider soliciting undercover to be the acts of anyone representing a business who registers an account on this website to promote products or services while masquerading as an average consumer.
Rule #5: Respect our Sponsors
Attacking our Sponsors (advertisers) in the open forum is not allowed. If you have a complaint against an advertiser or Sponsor of TGO, you should contact them privately. If they do not remedy your complaint, let the TGO Staff know and we will check into the matter. We have yet to see a forum sponsor fail to help a member with a complaint if the complaint is legitimate and reasonable. These folks help keep the lights on around here and we ask that you respect their investment by addressing complaints with them privately. Failure to observe this protocol could result in the termination of your TGO membership.
Promoting Special Events on TGO
Revised September 16, 2016
Do you have an event that you would like to advertise on TNGunOwners.com? Read the following before posting!
You would like to take advantage of our reach and exposure to the shooting community, and frankly, we might like to take advantage of your event to bring new members to TGO. If your event is deemed to be a good fit for our mission and good for our members, we might be able to work together.
We realize that organizers of special events may not require the type of long-term exposure that our Sponsors enjoy. To accommodate these needs, Non-Retail organizations (those not engaged in selling goods or services that would otherwise benefit from being a Vendor / Sponsor of TGO) may promote special events of interest to our members under the following provisions:
In exchange for using our website and community to promote your event, you promote the Tennessee Gun Owners (TGO) community and website in your advertising materials and at your event. We can provide artwork suitable for online and printed media.
- You allow representatives of TGO to attend your event and set up a kiosk or table to promote our website and community.
TNGunOwners.com Refund Policy
Revised June 10, 2015
Benefactor memberships provide immediate benefit to the member purchasing them and instantly expose premium features and enhanced abilities, such as the privilege to post items for sale in our Classifieds sections, to the member which cannot be "returned" for a refund. As such, Benefactor memberships are non-refundable purchases. By purchasing a Benefactor membership, you acknowledge this policy and accept these terms.
Sponsor and Vendor Agreements:
Tennessee Gun Owners Administrators, and Moderators reserve the right to cancel the advertisement at any time, with or without cause. In such an event, the refund of any fees paid by the advertiser will be prorated.
If for any reason, you decide to end your sponsorship of Tennessee Gun Owners prior to the agreed termination date, you will forfeit your remaining fee balance.