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As of January 1st, 2018 there is now only one allowable signage.  There is an exemption for signs that were in place prior to 1/1/2015, that under previous version of the law one of the option allowed a simple circle and slash, with a gun in the middle, to prohibit guns. 

Here is the current law:

https://advance.lexis.com/documentpage/?pdmfid=1000516&crid=51b62872-f3f0-4b19-85f3-7e8cb5976912&nodeid=ABNAAOAANABL&scrollreferenceid=&config=025054JABlOTJjNmIyNi0wYjI0LTRjZGEtYWE5ZC0zNGFhOWNhMjFlNDgKAFBvZENhdGFsb2cDFQ14bX2GfyBTaI9WcPX5&pddocfullpath=%2Fshared%2Fdocument%2Fstatutes-legislation%2Furn%3AcontentItem%3A50J2-V4S0-R03M-D4H3-00008-00&ecomp=-kc_kkk&prid=2a1c4777-b6c7-442a-bd4e-4d8a874ac0a6

 

TCA § 39-17-1359:

 

(b)(1)  Notice of the prohibition permitted by subsection (a) shall be accomplished by displaying the notice described in subdivision (b)(3) in prominent locations, including all entrances primarily used by persons entering the property, building, or portion of the property or building where weapon possession is prohibited. The notice shall be plainly visible to the average person entering the building, property, or portion of the building or property, posted.

(2)  The notice required by this section shall be in English, but a duplicate notice may also be posted in any language used by patrons, customers, or persons who frequent the place where weapon possession is prohibited.

(3)(A)  A sign shall be used as the method of posting. The sign shall include the phrase "NO FIREARMS ALLOWED", and the phrase shall measure at least one inch (1") high and eight inches (8") wide. The sign shall also include the phrase "As authorized by T.C.A. § 39-17-1359".

(B)  The sign shall include a pictorial representation of the phrase "NO FIREARMS ALLOWED" that shall include a circle with a diagonal line through the circle and an image of a firearm inside the circle under the diagonal line. The entire pictorial representation shall be at least four inches (4") high and four inches (4") wide. The diagonal line shall be at a forty-five degree (45 degrees) angle from the upper left to the lower right side of the circle.

(4)  An individual, corporation, business entity, or government entity that, as of January 1, 2015, used signs to provide notice of the prohibition permitted by subsection (a) shall have until January 1, 2018, to replace existing signs with signs that meet the requirements of subdivision (b)(3).

 

Based on my reading this sign would meet the state law(assuming the letter height meets the law)

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And these would not, the first does not state "No Firearms Allowed" and the second and third have none of the required text:

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**I am not a lawyer, this is just a layman's interpretation of the law and not legal advice.  Please use your best judgement.

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