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Gun Dealer and Owner Liability in Tennessee: Client Counsel Tips and Techniques

Gun Dealer and Owner Liability in Tennessee: Client Counsel Tips and Techniques

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Gun Dealer and Owner Liability in Tennessee: Client Counsel Tips and Techniques

Live Webinar: Tuesday, July 18, 2017

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Central
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern

WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Earn CLE and learn the latest developments in gun dealer and owner liability.


In a recent ranking, Tennessee took the top spot in the category of accidental shooting deaths, which spiked more than 450% in 2014, according to federal data. Tennessee’s accidental firearm fatalities jumped from ninth in the nation in 2013 to the number one spot a year later. The data shows 105 people died in accidental shootings in 2014 compared with 19 the year before. 

In any shooting, questions arise concerning civil liability. Is the shooter liable in a civil action to the victim or the victim’s family? Who else can be found civilly liable – the owner of the firearm, the seller of the handgun, or the manufacturer of the rifle? 

Learn the latest liability issues when you join your Tennessee colleagues for a one-hour CLE webinar on recent rulings and the relevant Tennessee and federal law that comes into play. 

Your presenter will answer your questions, using scenarios to address the liability of a firearm manufacturer, the liability on the part of the owner of a firearm, liability arising from the use of a stolen firearm in a crime, and liability on the part of a parent or homeowner when a child gains access to a firearm. 


  • Criminal vs. civil penalties for firearm injuries 
  • Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act and lawsuits against firearm manufacturers 
  • Individual liability in accidental shootings 
  • Child access prevention laws 
  • Stolen firearm used in a crime 
  • Lawful vs. unlawful uses of force 

About Your Presenter:

James E. WagnerJames E. Wagner
Frantz McConnell & Seymour

James E. Wagner is a partner in the law firm of Frantz McConnell & Seymour in Knoxville. His practice focuses on estate planning, probate, firearms law, and asbestos, as well as personal injury litigation, workers’ compensation, toxic tort litigation, products liability, and insurance. He has been a lawyer for more than 30 years and has appeared at every level of state court in Tennessee. Mr. Wagner is admitted to practice in federal district courts, the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He served as a member of the Knoxville and Tennessee bar associations and the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel; served as a member of a District Investigation Committee of the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners, investigating the fitness of applicants for a license to practice law for nearly 20 years; and was named in Best Lawyers in America® for mass tort litigation – defendants in 2016. Mr. Wagner was author of the blog Locked, Loaded & Lawyered. 

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