TENNESSEE GUN LAWS
The Practical Guide
If you are serious about guns then you need to read up on Tennessee gun laws.
Tennessee gun laws operate at the state level on a "Shall Issue" policy. The laws are considered gun friendly with no requirement for purchase approval or registration of firearms. Applications for a CCW permit can be made online or at any drivers Service Center and are processed by the Department of Safety. Non-residents can only obtain a CCW permit if they work in the state on a regular basis, they can only make an application after being employed for 6 months and then only within 6 months after the initial 6 month work period. A 8 hour training course in firearm safety is required for new applications but exemptions are given to military personnel.
Permitless Carry Law Passes
What does the new law do?
Are any penalties increased or decreased?
- The misdemeanor offence of carrying a handgun without a CCW permit will be removed.
- Theft of a firearm will be increased from a misdemeanor to a felony. The sentence is also increased from a current mandated 30 days to six months incarceration.
- Felons who have been convicted of possessing a firearm are no longer eligible for early release.
Does the new law not apply to some persons?
- Any person convicted of a felony
- Any person convicted of domestic violence offenses.
- Any person with a recent DUI conviction
- Any person with a conviction of stalking
- Any person that has been committed to a mental institution by the court.
- Persons under the age of 21, unless they are in the military then it would be 18.
Tennessee CCW Quick Facts
Tennessee CCW Dashboard
Tennessee CCW Reciprocity
How Reciprocity Works in Tennessee
Signed Reciprocity Agreements
Tennessee has signed reciprocity agreements with 19 other states. A full list of the states that have reciprocity agreements with Tennessee can be found on the government website.
Tennessee Reciprocity State's
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Tennessee Gun Policy
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CCW Permit OverviewApplications, renewals and duplicate requests for a Tennessee CCW permit can be made online if you have a Tennessee State ID card or Drivers license. The issuing of permits is on a "Shall Issue" policy with the Tennessee State Highway Patrol issuing the permits. If you do not wish to make an online application you can also make permit applications by visiting any full service Driver Service Center. When your application is received it will be processed in the following way;
- Application reviewed at permit office.
- Documentation is then forwarded to three agencies, FBI, TBI, and County Sheriff.
- If application is successful permit is mailed to applicant.
39.17.1351 - Handgun carry permits
Non-Resident PermitsNon-resident permits are available, in a limited way. To qualify for a non-resident permit the applicant must reside in another state and work in Tennessee on a regular basis. The other requirements are that they have been employed for at least 6 months before making the application and have been issued a concealed carry permit in their home state that is still valid. They also have a limited time to file the application, that is within a 6 month period AFTER having worked in the state for 6 months.
If the applicant lives in another state and moves to Tennessee as a permanent resident they will need to obtain a Tennessee permit within 6 months of moving to the state.
39.17.1351 - Non-resident permits
- Certificates from online or internet training courses are not accepted by Tennessee.
- Handgun courses must be certified by the Tennessee Department of Safety, a full list list of approved courses can be obtained by calling (615) 251-8590.
- Any handgun course taken requires 8 hours of training and must have been completed within the last 12 months.
There are five forms military personal can use to verify pistol training and claim an exemption from the handgun training requirement if they have completed not less than 4 hours of training.
The forms are;
- Home Land Security (CG-3029)
- Department of Defense (DD-2586)
- Army (DA-88-R and DA 5704-R)
- Airforce (AF-522)
- Tennessee CCW Handgun Permit Requirements
- Tennessee CCW Handgun Permit Application
- Tennessee CCW Handgun Permit Renewal
- Tennessee CCW Handgun Permit Fee's
- Must be at least 21 years old
- You have completed an approved firearms safety course within last 12 months
- Resident of the state of Tennessee
- You are a US citizen or have permanent residency
- Shall not be receiving social security disability benefits by reason of alcohol dependence, drug dependence or mental disability
- Shall not have been convicted of the offense of stalking
- Shall not be an unlawful user of or addicted to alcohol or any controlled substance and the applicant has not been a patient in a rehabilitation program or hospitalized for alcohol or controlled substance abuse or addiction within ten (10) years from the date of application.
- The applicant has not been convicted of the offense of driving under the influence of an intoxicant in this or any other State two (2) or more times within ten (10) years from the date of application and that none of such convictions has occurred within five (5) years from the date of application or renewal.
- Shall not have been adjudicated as mental defective; has not been committed to or hospitalized in a mental institution; has not had a court appoint a conservator for the applicant by reason of a mental defect; has not been judicially determined to be disabled by reason of a mental illness, development disability or other mental incapacity; and has not, within seven (7) years from the date of application, been found by a court to pose an immediate substantial likelihood of serious harm because of mental illness.
- Federal Law Requirements
Tennessee CCW Handgun Forms
Tennessee: Places Off-Limits for CCW
Places Off-Limits in Tennessee
- Any playground, civic center or other building facility, area or property owned, used or operated by any municipal, county or state government for recreational purposes
- Municipalities can ban carry in parks if there is a school event taking place in the park.
- Any room in which judicial proceedings are in progress
- Any public or private school building or bus
- Any public or private school campus, grounds, recreation area or athletic field
- Individual, business, or government meetings. Notice of such prohibition must be posted
- While under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.
Places Allowed in Tennessee
- State parks
- State and national forests
- Road side rest areas
- All areas of the state, except those listed as Off-Limits
There may still be old No Gun signs posted in parks. By law cities and counties are not allowed to post these signs in parks and if you have a permit you can legally carry in a park.
Pointers: Tennessee Gun Laws
Tennessee Concealed Carry Laws
Tennessee Gun Laws To Know
YES - Without a permitIt is legal to carry a handgun openly or concealed in a vehicle that is privately owned, this includes boats and RVs. No permit is required and the firearm can be located anywhere in the vehicle but not on your person. The Law
39.17.1307 - Unlawful carrying
NO - Must Inform Officer
There is nothing in Tennessee gun laws that state you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business.
The law does require that you carry your permit at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun and display it to an officer if he requests a person to do so.
39.17.1351 - Handgun carry permits
YESIt is legal to carry in the following areas;
- State Parks: YES
- State/National Forests: YES - 39.17.1311 (H)
- State Wildlife Management Areas: YES - 39.17.1311 (H)
- Road Side Rest Areas: YES
YESTennessee gun laws give the force of law to “No Weapons” signs. There are legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons" sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged. The Law 39.17.1359 - Posting notice
NO - Without a permitWithout permit - No
With a Permit - Yes
You can only open carry a handgun if you have a permit to carry a concealed firearm. Open carry is not common in cities and mainly used as a carry method in rural areas.
YESIn Restaurants That Serve Alcohol "Yes" or "No" states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with "NO GUN" signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a "Yes" then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.
NOTennessee does not have constitutional carry.
(Art. I, § 26)
Tennessee Off-Limit Statutes
Other Tennessee CCW Statutes
If you require any legal advice on gun laws we would recommend you contact The Hamilton Law Firm.
Other Tennessee Gun Laws
There is no requirement in Tennessee for private sales of firearms to undergo background checks or be processed by a licensed dealer. As long as the purchaser meets all the requirements to possess a firearm you are free to sell or buy firearms privately.
Tennessee CCW FAQ's
Tennessee CCW Contact
Driver Services Center
Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5pm
Address 624 Heart Lane
CityNashville, TN 37216
Phone (615) 532-9780