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Tennessee Concealed Carry Permit Information

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Concealed Permit:
Shall Issue to Residents Only

Example Tennessee Permit:

Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit

Issuing Authority:
Department of Safety
Applications for a new handgun carry permit may be picked up at any Driver License Center. Click here for a list of locations.
Applications for a new handgun carry permit can be processed at any full-time Driver License Center. Click here for a list of full service locations.

Out Of State Permit Issue:

NICS check:

Permit Valid For:
4 Years

Permit Issued Timeline
Upon a name search approval from TBI, the permit can be issued within ninety (90) days from date of application.

Original Application = $115
Renewal Application = $50
Duplicate Application = $5

1. Successfully complete a handgun safety course offered by a handgun safety school that is certified by the Department of Safety
2. Resident of the State Of Tennessee
3. 21 years of age
4. Applicants shall not currently be under indictment or information for any criminal offense punishable by a term exceeding one (1) year;
5. Shall not be currently the subject of any order of protection;
6. Shall not be a fugitive from justice;
7. 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;
8. 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.
9. 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, as defined in Title 33, Chapter 6, Part 5, because of mental illness;
10. Shall not be an alien illegally or unlawfully in the United States;
11. Shall not have been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions (dishonorable discharge, bad conduct discharge or other than honorable discharge Chapter 1340-2-5-.02 (5);
12. Having been a citizen of the United States, applicants shall not have renounced their citizenship;
13. Shall not have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence as defined in 18 U.S.C.A. 921 (33);
14. Shall not be receiving social security disability benefits by reason of alcohol dependence, drug dependence or mental disability;
15. Shall not have been convicted of the offense of stalking;

Required Documents:
1. Effective July 1, 2005, all new handgun permit applicants must provide proof of U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residency.
2. Application
3. Original copy of your safety course completion certificate
4. Photo identification such as your Driver License
5. Permit fee
6. When your application is processed at the Driver Service Center, you will be given instructions on being fingerprinted.

Renewal Information:
You can renew your handgun carry permit up to six (6) months before your expiration date by completing an application and paying the $50.00 renewal fee. You may renew in person at any full service driver services center or by mail to:

Tennessee Department of Safety
Handgun Permit Office
1150 Foster Avenue
Nashville, TN 37243-1000

You can renew your handgun carry permit up to six (6) months past the expiration date by completing an application and paying the $50.00 renewal fee. You may not legally carry a weapon while your permit has expired until you receive your new permit.

If your permit has been expired more than six (6) months past the renewal date you will need to start the complete process again. This includes completing a handgun safety course, paying the $115 fee, being fingerprinted and undergoing a background check.

Change of Address:
By law if you move, you are required to notify us of your new address within sixty (60) days. You may notify the Department of Safety to change your address on our records, by calling toll-free 1-866-849-3548 or online at

If you wish to receive a permit with your new address, or if you have misplaced or lost your handgun carry permit, you will need to apply for a duplicate.

To receive a duplicate handgun carry permit:
1. You will need to complete an application. To receive an application by mail call toll-free 1-866-849-3548.
2. Complete and sign your application. Mail the application and the $5.00 fee payable by check or money order to the following address:
3. Tennessee Department of Safety
Handgun Permit Office
1150 Foster Ave.
Nashville, TN 37243-1000
4. You may also get your duplicate application at any driver license service center. The driver license service center cannot issue the duplicate handgun carry permit.
5. Incomplete applications cannot be processed.

To change your record with us without having a new handgun carry permit issued:

You have the option to change your record, and not have the address shown on your permit. For information about changing your record online, visit the online address change page at

Informing Law Enforcement of Carry:
You do not have to inform an officer you are armed, but if requested
you must show your permit to the officer. He can also disarm you if he
feels it is “reasonablly necessary” for his safety, your safety or the
safety of others.

T.C.A. 39-17-1351(n)(1)
Except as provided in subdivision (n)(2), a permit issued pursuant to
this section shall be good for four (4) years and shall entitle the
permit holder to carry any handgun or handguns that the permit holder
legally owns or possesses. The permit holder shall have the permit in
the holder’s immediate possession at all times when carrying a handgun and shall display the permit on demand of a law enforcement officer.

T.C.A. 39-17-1351(t)
Any law enforcement officer of this state or of any county or
municipality may, within the realm of the officer’s lawful jurisdiction
and when the officer is acting in the lawful discharge of the officer’s
official duties, disarm a permit holder at any time when the officer
reasonably believes it is necessary for the protection of the permit
holder, officer or other individual or individuals. The officer shall
return the handgun to the permit holder before discharging the permit
holder from the scene when the officer has determined that the permit
holder is not a threat to the officer, to the permit holder, or other
individual or individuals provided that the permit holder has not
violated any provision of this section and provided the permit holder
has not committed any other violation that results in the arrest of the
permit holder.

Automobile carry:
Public Chapter 431 – Loaded Rifles and Shotguns in Vehicles – This act allows a person with a handgun carry permit to possess a loaded rifle or loaded shotgun in a privately owned vehicle. The act provides that the weapon cannot have ammunition in the chamber except in the case that an individual permit holder feels physically threatened.

Places off-limits when carrying:
1. It is lawful to possess a firearm on the premises of a public place where alcoholic beverages are served as long as such individual is not consuming alcoholic beverages. However, a restaurant may choose to post a sign prohibiting firearms.
2. It is unlawful to carry a firearm into a judicial proceeding.
3. It is unlawful to possess or carry any firearm, with the intent to go armed, onto any school or college facility or grounds (to include a bus), unless used for instructional or sanctioned ceremonial purposes.
4. It is unlawful to carry a weapon into a meeting where the owner has posted prominent signs pursuant to § 39-17-1359 at all entrances banning weapon possession.
5. It is an offense for any person to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, with the intent to go armed, any weapon prohibited by § 39-17-1302(a), not used solely for instructional, display or sanctioned ceremonial purposes, in or on the grounds of any public park, playground, civic center or other building facility, area or property owned, used or operated by any municipal, county or state government, or instrumentality thereof, for recreational purposes.

6. You can drop off a student at school as long as the gun is not handled while doing so. You can also leave it in your car if you are a non-student adult.

7. It is general excepted that Government owned Parks, Civic Center and recreational areas are off limits.

8. It is a violation of the law to carry where it is posted with this sign:


The wording must be substantially similar. A sign with a picture of a handgun with a slash through it is valid.

Alcohol and Drugs:
On alcohol and drugs that is covered under T.C.A. 39-17-1321 there is no specific BAC limit. However recent legislation that is
moving through the legislator that would make it illegal to hunt while
intoxicated on public lands has a BAC of .08%, not sure if this
would/could establish a BAC level under 39-17-1321 or not. See HB 1875

Deadly Force / Castle Doctrine:
Tennessee is a Castle Doctrine state and has a stand-your-ground law.


Open Carry:
Prohibited unless one possesses a permit to carry a handgun.

Localities with Varying Laws:

Forms & Links:
Tennessee Department of Safety: Handgun Carry Permit Issuance

NRA-ILA: Tennessee Gun Laws

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  • Dean Wells

    Thank you, this has been very helpful information. i am looking to apply for my permit in the near future.

  • Anne

    If I have a current carry permit from the state of Florida, can I just renew here in TN?  The DMV tells me I need to take the training course, but the training course people tell me I don’t need to take a course since I took it in FL.     I can’t find my certificate after the move.  What do I need to do to convince these folks at the Marion County DMV that I CAN renew without the course?

    • WB9IIE

      Go to the DMV with and ask for a HANDGUN PERMIT RENEWAL form.  As long as it has been less than six months, transfer of your old residence CCW is treated like a renewal.  I believe the fee is $50.00.

  • Jrobertson

    can i carry in other states that honor my permint with my tn carry permit

    • Papawsmail

      You can go to the tn handgun permit page and you can see the. States that accept ttn permits

    • Darrell_59

      Honors TN Permit:
      Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
      TN Permit Not Honored:
      California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, District of Columbia, undefined
      TN Res Permits Only:
      Colorado, Florida, Michigan, New Hampshire, South Carolina
      Right Denied:
      Illinois, American Samoa, N. Mariana Islands

  • Bob1701a

    I live in TN but plan to visit North Carolina extensively this summer. As a carry permit holder what do I need to know?

    • Volusiagil

      Google “North Carolina Concealed Carry Rules”. Simple

  • Bobandcarol

    I have recently moved to Tn. Do I have to take a class for concealed weapon again if I have one thats still valid from texas or can I just have it transfered.?

    • Darrell_59

      I am from Texas also, and have been informed that you can go to the nearest full service Drivers License office and have it transferred over.

      • Sheepdog1946

        Texas—They need the handgun application, out of state handgun permit and $50.  They will also need proof of citizenship.  They have to get a TN driver license when applying.  When they apply for their driver license, then their residence will  have been established.  They will not have to be fingerprinted.

    • Wolfzden37

      Yes you have to take the class.. I’m moving to TN. in June and that is what the school told me.. I have a GA CCW.

    • Tonyjlyons

      just transfer it within six months

  • Bdlhayes

    Is it okay to carry while driving through a park.

    • Steve -101st Airborne Division

      Why wouldn’t it be?

      The only stipulation as far as parks go, that I recall, is if there is an official school function. How you’re suppose to know there’s an official school function at the park is beyond me…

  • Jgarza0017

    If a person has PTSD and is receiving SSI for unemployability can they still be able to obtain a conceal weapon permit in the state of TN.

    • Jones

      “Shall not be receiving social security disability benefits by reason
      of alcohol dependence, drug dependence or mental disability;”

      Is PTSD a mental disability?

  • Hoops_on_the_hill

    I am a college student I live off campus. Am I allowed to leave it in my vehicle during class . Locked in the the glove box of the vehicle .

    • Byronhuddleston

      No you may not

  • Ducky2ky

    This site is correct however there is one error WISCONSIN DOES NOT HONOR TN CARRY PERMITS 

    • Sheepdog1946

      As of November 1, 2011, Wisconsin became a “shall issue” state and recognizes Tennessee permits.

  • Alton Holt

    I am from Texas and have my CHL? I am going to Tennessee for vacation. Can I carry?

    • Sheepdog1946

      Yes, TN honors TX permits.  However, please visit the TN state page to familiarize yourself with the differences in the law between the two states.  Also, TX may have a CHL permit but TN simply has a HCP (handgun carry permit) and concealment is not required.  However, open carry is not recommended:  it will generate too many questions from citizens and perhaps the LEOs.  Be discrete and conceal.

      • bob

        the 2nd from the last sentence says open carry is prohibited unless you have a handgun permit. are you saying open carry is illegal if you dont have a concealed license???? thats stupid

        • Paul

          Yes, but none the less the law!!

  • Steve_taylor

    As a gun permit holder do I have the right to carry my weapon into a resturaunt that serves alcohol. Not a bar but a resturaunt ?

    • Sheepdog1946

      Yes, you do have the right to carry into a restaurant that serves alcohol – unless the facility is posted against such carry.  NO NOT, under any circumstances, drink any alcohol while carrying.  To do so is a Class A misdemeanor and punishable by a fine of up to $2500, 11 months and 29 days in jail and your permit will be suspended for 3 years!!  (T.C.A. 39-17-1321)

    • Sheepdog1946

      Sorry, make that “DO NOT, under any …”      Keyboard actuator error.

    • run

      steve taylor?…is this the steve taylor tht went 2 craigmont ’82?

    • JBT

      All the other comments are correct but in Tennessee there is no such thing as a bar under the law all places that serve have to have a restaurant license therefore all “bars” are restaurants! We all understand the difference, BUT this is the reason the media has slammed us so is that they also say there are bras and you should not carry in them, AND we all know that as well!!

  • Sheepdog1946

    In reference to the above statement, under “Places off-limits when carrying”, item #8 has an error.  T.C.A. §39-17-1359 now states that:  POSSESSION OF A WEAPON ON POSTED PROPERTY OR IN A POSTED BUILDING IS PROHIBITED AND IS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE.   “Any language substantially similar to including the circle and slash sign is valid.”  These signs must be clearly posted at every public entrance to the facility.

    • Shorter260513

      The Tennessee attorney general agrees that according to 39-17-1359 the sign must be in english but can also be in any other language and can include the international symbol of the gun with the slash but not in liew of the wording

  • bob

    i think there is another error, near the bottom. 
    Open Carry:
    Prohibited unless one possesses a permit to carry a handgun.i believe it is legal to open carry in tennessee!and the permit is only for concealment, am i right?

    • SigEpTendo

      No – you must have a carry permit to bear arms in Tennessee; however, there is no distinction between the two once a permit has been obtained. The permit allows you to carry openly or concealed.

  • BV1960

    My name is Bear Vinson and I’m a state (TN) instructor for
    the carry permit classes. I was stopped on Nov. 28th, 2011 where the county officer
    asked if I was carrying my pistol on me and I told him I was. I told the
    officer my Ruger .380 pistol was in a belt holster stuck in the front of my
    trousers and the round WAS NOT chambered. The officer asked if I had been
    drinking to which I stated that I had two (2) Mike’s Black Cherry Hard
    Lemonades that’s all. I informed the officer that I was not intoxicated and he
    asked me to do three field sobriety tests where I complied he then decided that
    I didn’t perform to his liking and quickly placed me under arrest. I told the
    officer that I wanted to go to the hospital to get my blood pulled (checked) as
    I knew I was NOT… Repeat NOT driving under the influence (DUI) period as I knew
    my blood being tested would clear my name and/or be the definitive answer to
    freeing me without fail. The hospital pulls my blood and the officer submits it
    to the state’s TBI lab. I was informed the state was behind 2 months in their testing…
    I’m happy to report my test comes back and my blood checks .065 on a scale of
    .08 my states legal limit. Once again I was told that was just half the test… They
    wanted to check to see if I had drugs in my system/blood also. I’m happy to
    report and as of this writing the second half or testing for drugs comes back and
    shows that no drugs was found in my system as I’m clean!! I just found ‘s out
    after going to meet with my attorney that the district attorney’s office now
    wants to work a deal with me… He wants to strip me of my new Ruger .380 along with
    all my rights to possess a firearm of any kind… All because he states I was in
    possession of a firearm while drinking. I’m a minister and a lifelong eagle
    scout and I know my rights afforded me under our Constitution. I told my
    attorney I would NEVER accept that deal and I would fight this to the end of
    the earth and the district attorney could kiss my ass!! I’m 52 years old and
    NEVER been in any trouble EVER my whole life! I’m a model citizen who is living
    on his disability… What little money I do make is from teaching the NRA
    pistol classes, TWRA Hunter’s Safety Classes and the state’s carry permit
    classes… Allowing the district attorney to rail road me drives me absolutely
    bonkers and I truly fear the loss of resources could cause me my good name as
    well as my source of income as disability doesn’t cover everything…
    HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can they rail road me here? I have the most awesome
    attorney/judge Howard Upchurch out of Pikeville, TN who is a blessing to me and
    my Pit-bull on a chain during this fight! Thanks for your time and kind
    attention or advice!


    Respectfully submitted,


    Bear Vinson

    205 Stoneridge Ct

    Sparta, TN 38583-1030

    (931) 510-9031

    • Luthuch

       Have you contacted the TFA(Tennessee Firearms Association) about this incident? Looks to me like you committed no crime and they want to take your rights for you NOT committing a crime to cover the cop’s arse. If you haven’t get in touch with someone in the TFA,NRA, or NGRA…or all three to get some support, hopefully.

    • Sladehl

      It’s not a matter of being legally drunk. That covers the DUI part of the issue. The issue is ANY consumption of alcohol whatsoever while in possession of a firearm is prohibited. A shot, a beer, a sip. Doesn’t matter. The DA is within the law on this one. Good luck though. It’s too bad that you’re an instructor and you didn’t know that was illegal.

      • patriotdaddy

        1st minor offense does not constitute relieving an “instructor” of his gun permit……so…..all of you that have never had a ticket should get a jail sentence on your 1st violation….dumbasses

      • Sean O’Hara

        I’ve been a heavy drinker most all my life but I know I’m not allowed to drink n carry. I DO NOT do it. It’s no secret that it is illegal. Obviously God didn’t give that preacher the gift of understanding.

    • Andrew Widener

       What were you thinking even taking a sip of alcohol while you had a gun on you? Sounds to me like you don’t need to be licensed to carry, but stripping you of you’re firearms rights all together is completely absurd. This will be a lesson to anyone who drinks alcohol in any amount. The thought of a CCP holder with alcohol on his/her breath scares the hell out of me. I don’t care how much of a “model” citizen you think you are. A “model” citizen with a permit to carry would definitely NOT let alcohol pass his/her lips. GOOD LORD DUDE!! If I were you, I would not fight to keep my permit and I would hand it over voluntarily.

      • Karen

        Andrew, since most grocery store orange juice is 0.5% alcohol, or 1 proof, would you suggest he lay off of the OJ too? Get real. Sheesh.

        • sedaze

          He wasn’t drinking OJ. He was drinking alcohol in a bar.

        • Jimmy Huskey

          how stupid are you……

      • Sedaze

        I agree with you Andrew. The thought that an anyone, especially an instructor, would drink ANY amount of alcohol scares me. This isn’t just about the law….It’s about common sense. If one can’t restrain from drinking when carrying, they have no business carrying. .065 BAC by the time he got to the hospital means that at some point he was over .08 when drinking and he had his gun on him. There is nothing in the constitution that allows for someone to carry concealed while drinking in a bar. These are the kind of instances that give anti-gun/anti-carry lobbyist ammunition.

    • Ralphonline300

       I would ask your attorney to check to see if you are eligible for a ‘diversion’, and if you really want to fight it, to tell the DA you are willing to chance jury nullification (where you try the case to a jury, which looks at things and basically tells the DA to stuff the law — juries can do that – they CAN just ignore ‘the law’ and find the DA did not prove his case).  I bet the DA would rather not gamble with that.  Agree to some misdemeanor with community service (ministering to inmates, for example), maybe a handgun class (might show some humility that the DA might like), and perhaps agreeing to not teach for ?1 year?  You want to give the DA something so if you re-offend, and some reporter crawls up the DA’s butt, the DA can point to the file and say SEE, Mr. V agreed to all this stuff, he demonstrated humility, and he agreed to these other things so I, the DA, took specific steps to protect the public.  Separately, is the law ‘consume’ any alcohol, or ‘have any in your system’? 

    • Guss

      A minister with some choice language. No wonder people are confused.

    • Jerry

      Were you drinking when you had handgun on you or was it at home?

    • MaineMan75


      I’d say your rights are being violated severally!! Man this makes me SOOOO mad! And that D.A. is just trying to make himself look good. You were not intoxicated not under the influence of drugs. The state of TN and it’s TBI are terrible. I’m from Maine and came down here and all I’ve heard from the firearm community is how horrible and useless TBI is. They don’t take into account what court case is open or what it entails they just send the FFL a pending or NO! I have seen this happen first hand for an open child support case. And the case was for the mother receiving support!!! This is a complete miscarriage of justice my friend. I would fight it to the supreme court! They want our guns and don’t care if they infringe on our rights. I will be rooting for you please let us know how it turns out.


    • Snowman

      Hello I’m trying to get info on obtaining my cancelled permit. I recently retired from the military and was told that I may not have to go thru the weapons training since I’ve had extensive training with weapons during my military career. I was wondering if you knew if this has any truth behind it. Thanks for any info

      • Desrever

        Individuals in law enforcement, armed security personnel, and active or former military personnel (within 5 years of honorable discharge),
        who can produce military pistol training records similar to the requirements of the Tennessee Handgun Permit Course,
        are not required to complete the class room or range portion of the handgun training.

        • Steve -101st Airborne Division

          False. In the state of Tennessee (as I received my CCW a year ago) I was out of the military for 3 months, and I was not allowed to by pass the weapons training because you have to have a memorandum from your commander that states that you’ve received adequate pistol training. Hard to get a CO’s memorandum if you’re out of the military and no longer have a CO.

          However, I would advise against this. Why? The CCW class offered more than just how to shoot a gun. My course spent a lot of time covering many laws that are associated with the responsibility of carrying in the State of TN. It was $60 for a days course and you get to shoot your gun all afternoon. Why would you want to avoid it? Just take the class!

          • Ram6

            I agree. I found the class to be more than just how to handle a firearm. It covers specifics to the state that a CCP holder needs to know.

    • PastorDon

      Bear Vinson, you my friend are one of the very reasons that the general public has no confidence in the Clergy. It is obvious that there is no shame in you which is regrettable. Some of the others have said and I will say, if you were any kind of a man of integrity you would willing submit your permit for knowingly drinking any alcoholic beverage while in possession of a firearm.
      As a minister you should be doubly ashamed. Then to get on here and publicly announce to the world, “I am a minister”? What, because you are a minister you do no wrong? Because you are a minister you should receive preferential treatment?

      No as a minister you should have more integrity than to disgrace the name of Jesus Christ. I am a peer, not law enforcement. I have been a pastor for more than 20 years and like it or not a minister is held to a higher standard than the laity. You should not need the law of the land to convict you, the Holy Spirit should be enough.

      Do the Clergy and the fellowship of instructors a service and voluntarily surrender you permit. Take the punishment that goes along with it and REPENT. Then, in 3 years when you get your permit back, maybe, just maybe you will value it enough that you will not jeopardize your integrity and the lives of innocent individuals by carrying a firearm while consuming alcohol.

      Respectfully submitted
      Pastor Don Johnston
      Henderson, Kentucky

      • ashamed of you

        It is annoying how judgmental you are I doubt you are a pastor.

      • mancavedude

        repent for what? you pastor Don are a nut case!

      • DegreedWhiteGuy

        Good for you Don

        In the Bible Belt, it seems to have become ok to tout being a Pastor or Deacon even Church Member, and expect to get away with doing wrong. Anyone claiming Religious affiliation as law breaking or bending should be held socially accountable for their actions as well as legally. The rules are also for members of any faith, you are not excused. In fact that would be establishing a religion as favored by the state, a violation of the same Constitution that establishes our gun rights. The same constitution that allows Baptists in a prominently Catholic town and vice versa, or to be free from forced worship from either or any faith. What is next preaching at gun point,with or without hooch? Cant be the same Jesus that nurtured the sheep.
        Glad at least Don is ticking for decent behavior and even handedness of the law.

        • Ncrdbl1

          What par to no law was violated did you not comprehend?

        • patriotdaddy


      • Ncrdbl1

        Well maybe you should have spent some of that 20 years actually reading the Bible. He committed no sin here. True 2 Timothy does set certain standards for ministers. It does not set the precedent of crucifying them over a false witness brought against them.

      • patriotdaddy

        wow….the Lord says “thou shall not judge, lest ye be judged!!” you sound like a very judgemental person for a pastor!!! i will tell my family in your area to stay away from your church!!! how UN christian can you be?!this is whats wrong with this world today…people like you allowing your personal opinions on a subject to sway you rfeelings to JUDGE everyone else around you…shame on you if you are a pastor!! IT IS NOT SHAMEFUL NOR A SIN TO DRINK ALCOHOL WHILE STILL BEING A MAN OF GOD!!! you need to give up your satanic ways sir and repent to Jesus!! i am sooo glad you publicized where your church is….i have many family andfriends there, and i am sure they are hiding from embarrassment right now!!! that minister has done nothing wrong to be treated this way….appalling to even hear it……

      • I’m with Pastor Don

        Pastor Don, you are absolutely correct. Tennessee law prohibits concealed carry for drinking alcohol. Common sense dictates the same. For all the haters: I spent 30 years in the Army, 5 1/2 years in combat, I am a firearms instructor, yada, yada, yada. If you drink then don’t carry, drive, boat, parachute, fly, scuba dive, perform surgery, etc………

        BTW Pastor Don is correct. We are to obey the laws of man.

        • Ram6

          You are absolutely WRONG! Here quoted from the rules from the state:

          On alcohol and drugs that is covered under T.C.A. 39-17-1321 there is no specific BAC limit. However recent legislation that is
          moving through the legislator that would make it illegal to hunt whileintoxicated on public lands has a BAC of .08%, not sure if thiswould/could establish a BAC level under 39-17-1321 or not. See HB 1875

          So as you see Tennessee law for CC has no law or regulation covering alcohol consumption while carrying. Common sense should apply and I certainly think if you are considered intoxicated for the purpose of driving then it probably should apply to CC.

      • terrytrainor

        Pastor Don, you are exactly correct.
        All those who criticize you for this stand are obviously unaware of the Tennessee laws regarding alcohol and CC permit. This ‘pastor’ is absolutely in the wrong, and the fact that he BARELY squeaked by the blood test only shows how wrong he is.
        Bear Vinson, you absolutely are in the wrong here – there is NO WAY you can justify carrying a concealed weapon while you drink alcohol.
        And I, too, am a pastor here in Houston County, TN – and have been for almost three decades now.

    • mr.tripp

      Mr. Bear, the nra will assist you in your search. They have up to date info for such occasion

    • Iceman

      Having a round chambered or not has nothing to do with anything in regards to a pistol. I have no idea why anyone would carry a gun without a round chambered but that’s beside the point. You drank while carrying, that broke the law. You know you can’t drink even a sip while carrying. You should lose your permit for awhile. But taking all your guns away from your home is wrong if that’s what they are trying to do…. I’d go hide them all in the attic insulation and say you sold them all awhile back….

      • Carl

        I have no idea why anyone would carry a gun without a round chambered but that’s beside the point
        Public Chapter 431 – Loaded Rifles and Shotguns in Vehicles – This act allows a person with a handgun carry permit to possess a loaded rifle or loaded shotgun in a privately owned vehicle. The act provides that the weapon cannot have ammunition in the chamber except in the case that an individual permit holder feels physically threatened.

        • beefs2

          thats only in regards to rifles and shotguns.

          • Bob Barnes

            In TN, the law allows loaded handguns in automobiles with or without CCPs.

        • Jimmy Huskey

          shut up stupid. u have no idea what u are talking about. like the other guy said that law apply s to shot guns and rifles. please check the facts before u make ur self look stupid “iceman” lol

    • mancavedude

      The officer had no right to arrest you, you could have refused to the sobriety test. many cops are corrupt these days.they trick you into answering questions, you do not have to answer to anything, ask him if you are being detained if so answer nothing without a lawyer, if not am i free to go. that’s it.

    • williefst

      I’m sorry, but I just gotta, lol…. Places off-limits when carrying:
      1. It is lawful to possess a firearm on the premises of a public place where alcoholic beverages are served as long as such individual is not consuming alcoholic beverages.

    • ECW

      I’m 47 and had a concealed carry permit for over 10 years. I’m no preacher or former military or police but I know that if I am going out to either dinner or just out with the guys to Buffalo Wild Wings and watch the game if there is a chance I may have one beer or mixed drink my gun stays at the house. Our gang usually has a designated driver and since we all carry the driver is the one who packs while the rest of us don’t. The law is the law no matter who you are.

    • Jimmy Huskey

      some minister you are publicly admitting you were drinking. you should be ashamed to call ur self a minister.

  • me

    Ok Im a little confused if you can carry a loaded handgun (after you receive your permit)  in your vehicle then why can’t you have one in the chamber? In the class they said it didn’t matter because for example if you carry a revolver there is one already in the chamber. So which is it?

    • Diamond19

      I thought the wording concerned the possession of a loaded shotgun or rifle in your vehicle. These weapons could not have a bullet in the chamber unless you felt your life was threatened.

      • Luthuch

         That is correct.

    • Luthuch

       A person with a TN HCP can have a round chambered in their carry firearm(s) if they wish. The only “rule” against a chambered round for HCP holders is the one regarding carrying a shotgun or rifle in your car. They can be “loaded”, but not chambered with a shell or round while you have one in your car.

      • Fuzzface

        Hell, That’s OK. Wanna hear a pin drop, just chamber a .00 buck into a pump 12 ga. and you’ll have dead silence around you. That can often time prevent the need for deadly force. And, if you hit a bump in your truck you won’t blow Aunt Bea out the side window.

        • ken

          Im from Illinois looking at moving to TN very soon ….

          to make sure I go this right rifle or shot gun cant have a round in the chamber but can be loaded? so does that mean if you have a single shot or double barrel you cant have it loaded at all since if you load it it is chambered?

  • M O

    I am possibly moving to TN from MA. I have an MA permit and also non res permits from NH and PA. Are any of these honored in TN? Does having an MA permit help me obtain a TN permit more easily?

    • Luthuch

       Tennessee honors out of state permits. Call the TN Department of Safety for confirmation.
      Having a MA permit will not “help” you. You will still have to take a $60-$120 8 hour handgun class…take your certification to a Driver’s License station..and apply for your permit with $125…after which it usually takes 3-4 weeks lately, but can take as long as 3 months.

      • Luthuch

        Pardon the fee would be $115 as stated on this page not $125. Mind must have been wondering. Handgun classes vary wildly in price.

  • JBT

    I agree with Sladehl, I also am a instructor and it is written intot he law that you are not to have any limit of beer or alcohol in your system at all!! Good luck but I can tell yout the TFA, NRA or other organizations will not back you on this one at all you are in violation of the law. There have been many people across the state of Tennessee who have lost their right to carry because of the very same stupid mistake.
    And as Sladehl said it is a shame you are an instructor and did not know this! GOOD LUCK you are going to need it!

  • WOrthy

    As the law states. You may not have a BAC. You broke the law, there isnt anything you can do.

  • LotsOGuns

    How many guns can I carry with a TN carry permit?

    • Justin

      As many as your wallet can afford.

    • iceman

      you can carry 20 if you can hold them all. In fact, you can walk into a bank carrying 20 guns if you like. I wouldn’t recommend it, but it’s legal

  • Jon C

    I have had a FL permit for a couple of years and now mowing to TN.  I’m retired military and trained on all hand guns, M16, 280 sniper rifle and machine gun.  How do I get my permit changed over to TN?

  • Leroy

    Can I carry my gun concealed if I am sitting on my front porch drinking a beer?

    • Rocky_Top

      Yes and no, I found this out because of public drinking and dui laws. Your front yard is public while your back yard is private. You can get a dui while mowing your front lawn but not the back. You can get a “drunk in public” in you front lawn but not your back. The loophole is that if you put a gate of almost any kind across your driveway and sidewalk (block welcoming paths to your yard/house) your front yard becomes private. So passing the sawhorse in your driveway is trespassing even for the cops. don’t forget about the 8′-20′ road right of way. (don’t get within 20′ of the road)
      I am not a lawyer so don’t quote me.. Look it up. OH Yeah ! and while you are drunk LEAVE THE GUNS ALONE !!!!!!

  • Bob

    If I am from Kentucky, here we can open carry without a permit but I have a ccdw license if I want to conceal. If I go to Tennessee and open carry, is it legal?

    • Paul

      No. It is illegal in TN to Open carry!

    • Wolfgang Weicheier

      Paul is wrong. It is legal to open carry in Tennessee. This is why it is not a CCDW but rather a “handgun carry permit”. I suggest you maintain your tactical advantage in city limits as most of the cities in TN have PDs that will hassle you when the local soccer moms start complaining. If you need to make a political statement, a check written to the NRA is a good start.

  • Joe

    I have just obtained my Permit To Carry and I had a question that did not come up in the class and I did not think to ask at that point. I like to go out with friends and drink every now and then and majority of the time I will have my handgun in my vehicle loaded with one in the chamber, but will not carry it on my person. If I finish drinking and am under a .08 bac with the gun under my seat loaded can I still be in the wrong for having a .06 bac and a loaded gun under my seat or in the glove box?

  • Ivan

    While OC with a permit, and no other reason than OC, can an LEO stop and DEMAND to see a permit? While driving my car, and no infraction whatever, can LEO stop and DEMAND to see my DL? I understand that at all times LEO may ask, but I am asking if I am compelled by law to provide. This is not to be a jerk or otherwise unsupportive of Law Enforcement, but if they wanted to stop an OCer with a different officer every 4 minutes, it would be a long walk home from work indeed! And very annoying. Might make me want to just leave it at home so as not to be bullied.

  • brent

    Is a non resident utah permit legal in tenn.?

    • Volusiagil

      Scroll UP and look at the colored MAP above !!!!

  • julie

    I had to place an Order of Protection against my husband last month. It is in effect until our divorce is final. From what I understand, the CCP is not valid since there is an Order of Protection against him. Once the Order has been removed, will his CCP be valid again? Or since he now has the Order of Protection on his record, will he ever be able to have a CCP? Thanks!

    • Robert Middleswarth

      That is one of those it really depends questions. If it is consider a Temp Order of Protection generally called a TRO and there are no violations of it once the TRO is closed by the courts he should be able to carry again although he might have to reapply for the permit after it is adjudicated. But state law and how the TRO was written really matter here. If the TRO states there was Abuse then he might actually have lost all rights to own a firearm under Federal Law.

  • Tommy Sharp

    I have a home in Indiana and Tennessee. Can I get a resident carry permit in both states?

    • Chris Optional Freeman

      why, they are reciprocal states. a TN permit is accepted in both states and ViceVersa.

  • Phila Corsairs

    Does any body know about quality of life at pinney flats Tenn. Thinking about buying a house there.

    • tony

      It’s “Piney” Flats. Upper East Tennessee is one of the country’s best kept secrets. Beautiful area, low cost of living, excellent seasons. What more is there?

  • Jake

    In Tennessee we have an out clause if you are carrying in a banned or posted place and use a weapon in a justifiable situation you cannot be charged for a carry violation. I have many friends that are police officers and simply say keep it covered up and mind your own business when in such places. In regards to the alcohol use while carrying I see a hypocrisy here. My LE friends often have a beer or two while carrying so they should stand down IMO on this part of the law unless they are willing to arrest themselves.

  • C mac

    Looking into moving to tn from ma…I have a ccw (ltc) here with a NH DUI 6 years ago…ma has strict ccw requirements and I received it…I am hoping it will not be too difficult to receive a tn ccw…

    • Tink

      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.

  • James Jones

    Am I allowed to carry my weapon with my ccw license in a grocery store that has a bank in it?

    • Rich Norman

      There wouldn’t be an issue unless there is a sign. Don’t assume a bank is off limits automatically either. people assume that, but in Florida there is no rule against carrying in a bank. (unless there’s a sign) I used to take mine off when I went to the bank until I looked it up.

  • don

    geting a carry permit is it something i need to study for

    • Desrever

      No study is necessary. The subject matter is provided during class and is very easy to comprehend.

      You will have every opportunity throughout the 8 hr class to alert the trainer of your need to verify understanding of the subject matter.

      During live range fire it is expected that several students will experience multiple issues due to first time pistol use.

      These issues are easily corrected.

      I strongly suggest locating a course with a TBI agent or Law Enforcement officer as instructor.

      Their experience makes the 8 hr class so much more interesting and their patience allows all students to leave fully empowered.

      My instructor is a TBI agent….. class went without a hitch. There were 10 students: 7 male & 3 female. Every student passed.
      Paperwork testing = 90-100%
      Live Fire Range = 100%

  • Dave

    Is there a difference in a handgun carry permit & a concealed carry permit in Tennessee? Or are they the same thing?

    • Carl

      there is not a concealed carry law in TN. As long as you have a permit you can carry the handgun any way you like.

    • Volusiagil

      Same thing.

  • Calvin Hurt

    What does Res Permits Only mean?

    • Volusiagil

      Reservation…as in Cherokee Indian Reservation.

  • SandboxMedic

    I work for a Dept of State (DOS) civilian contractor overseas. I have completed DOS’ Worldwide Proctective Service (WPS) course and have current piston qualification card. Additionally, I have current Texas CHL. Do I need to take class again to obtain TN license?

    • Volusiagil

      I would be WISE to do so. The course teaches particular, up to date rules and regulations about the laws of TN.

  • smj134

    Can out of state, off duty law enforcement concealed/carry in Tennessee?

    • Volusiagil

      Only if you are on your jurisdictions’ official business. Otherwise, you need a permit from your state, or from TN.

  • chunnguy0422

    can i carry concealed and open with a TN permit?

    • Joe

      Both ways are legal.

  • dweller

    I see conflicting information here on here concerning relocation to TN and carry permits from other states. I’m moving to TN from Washington State. I have concealed carry permits for both Washington and Oregon. Once i establish TN residency, can i renew to get TN carry permit or must i start from scratch with the course, etc.?

    Thanks in advance for clearing this up.

    • Volusiagil

      Start from scratch after you have been a resident of TN for 6 months. Until then, your other permits are valid.

  • Pickles

    The same ACT that made possession of the hand gun in bar if no alcohol is consumed, was supposed to make park carry legal within in the State. There is no National Park Policy normally they follow state laws. The Bank isnt it illegal by Federal Law if the bank is FDIC?

    • 3ddi3n

      FDIC is just federally funded insurance.

  • Jerry Barrowman

    I am a tn resident now will tn renew my gun permit

  • Bruce

    This is confusing to me. Can someone answer this. I live in TN and have a cc permit in Florida. Florida being in yellow, does this mean i can or cannot carry in TN???

    • Volusiagil

      If you click on the “States honored by TN” it shows that YES, we honor permits from Florida.

  • kisuyoyo

    is it legal to carry in a commercial vehicle

    • Jeb

      I have been unable to find any fmcsa, dot, or tdot rule prohibiting it. Both Georgia DOT and Tennessee DOT officers have told me it is legal. It may be illegal in other states, but as far as I can find it is legal in TN and GA. (It still wouldn’t surprise me to be arrested for it though.)

      Do consider the likelyhood that you will enter businesses that are posted no firearms. Since the parking lot exemption didn’t pass, you can get in legal trouble there.

      Also consider that if you are a company driver, your company probably prohibits firearms in their vehicles. While this doesn’t make it illegal if they do not properly post, they are not obligated to continue your employment.

  • Jeremiah Naumann

    I have a washington conceal and carry permit, and TN honors WA state. Will I have to get a TN permit or will I have to wait till my WA one expires?

    • 3ddi3n

      Late answer but just read the question. You will need to get a Tennessee permit if you’re a resident of TN for 6 months or longer.

  • Janet Reno

    Just a heads up: I’m a valid Mississippi permit holder and will still have to undergo fingerprinting for my new Tennessee permit…even though the online application and my handgun safety course instructor both say otherwise.

  • tnsiggunner

    Am I correct in that Florida will honor a Tennessee permit provided it is a “resident permit”? Also, I was under the impression that Tennessee didn’t issue permits to non-residents so how could a person have a non-resident permit from Tennessee for Florida to be able to not honor it???

  • david

    Hello I have a texas chl and I am fixing to come to Tennessee in a few weeks and I was wondering where and what to look for at place that allows ccw in there business and help would be greatly help you can email at

  • William Whitt

    I have an open question. I am a TN resident, but am active duty military, stationed in SC. I currently possess a SC CCP (must be accompanied w/ military ID). I would like to get my TN (state of residence) CCP but no longer possess my CCP Training documentation. Would I have to re-accomplish the training class in order to submit an application for my TN CCP or can I provide a copy of my SC CCP with my application as proof of having completed said training? Thanks, Will
    William Whitt

  • RedneckCrazy

    Quick question guys…..I work at a grocery store as night stock and I have a tn ccp. There are no I repeat no posted signs or pictures as stated above. But yet the store manager told me not to bring it in the store again even though I store it in my locker while I work. Which I was told I could do when I was hired. I explained to them since there is no such posting then they cant really tell me that. Am I absolutely crazy or am I right in what I said? Needless to say I am still steaming over this.

    • JDL333

      I would ask to see the employee handbook (which, I think, they are required by law to give you when you are hired) and see if that is a company policy. If it is, you are SOL and can’t carry your gun into the store. The new law in Tennessee, though, allows you to keep it in your car out of sight and locked up as long as no one (even a security camera) observes you with the gun while you are on the property. Property owner’s rights are still reserved, though, but an employer firing you for this has not been tested in the courts to my knowledge. If this is not in the handbook, then it is the manager’s prefernce and not a company policy. At that point, you have the option of complying with the manager or going over the manager’s head to HR to ask them to tell the manager that company policy allows you to bring a gun on the property. Or you can always look for a job with a company or manager who doesn’t restrict your constitutional rights. It is a sticky situation. You might also consider locking you gun in the car (and not telling ANYONE that you do that) and arming yourself with something else that will help get you to your car and gun if needed (such as pepper spray, a Tazer, a stun gun, a knife, or even a tactical pen).
      Just my humble opinion…

  • GCMR

    I have married and moved from Tennessee to Texas. I have been unsuccessful in transferring my carrying permit and changing my name at the same time. Texas tells me that I need to go through Tennessee. I cannot get ahold of anyone on the 866 number even though I have called many times and held for minutes and minutes each time. No one ever comes on the line.

    When I click on the website selected, I get a message that it is no longer a good website.


  • No Thanks

    I think the map is outdated… SC honors TN permits.

  • Sam Spade

    Why is it showing that Florida will not recognize a non-resident Tennessee permit when TN does not issue permits to nonresidents? I think that is a glitch from Florida’s sight and it is actually TN that doesn’t recognize the nonresident licenses from Florida. Florida has it footnoted on their site as 1,6 which appears to be where the information for this map came from.

  • charles

    I’ve been trying to research this but have had no luck . I was stopped on 01-10-14 because someone saw me load up some stuff on my truck and called the police saying I had stolen stuff . Long story short was that my mom and the person who called in where arguing . Anyways after I was stopped I showed all my info to include my c.c.w . A second officer showed up ( the chief of police ) and immediately came to my door and asked if was armed . I told him I was . He then Opened my door and told me to put my hands up . He then reached into my jacket – was wearing a shoulder holster and removed my weapon . then instructed me to get out . He then proceeded to do a full body pat down . I told him I did not consent to a search but he continued nonetheless . was at that point I started videotaping him with my cell phone . He had already completed the search and also had confiscated my pocket knife by the time I was able to start recording . He then read Me my rights and asked if I wanted to talk about my stuff I had on my truck . I then told him no because as of that point I was pretty agitated . He then continued asking questions about my stuff on my truck . this was a patio heater , a bike , and a generator . I told him again that I had nothing to say and if I wasn’t being detained I wanted to go on my way because I had a lot to do and have not committed any crime . He kept asking where I was going and so on . after all that he then asked the initial officer who pulled me over if everything was good with me and the officer told him yes but he didn’t see my insurance when I had informed him originally that all I had was a digital copy . The chief then demanded I show it to him so of course I had to stop recording . apparently in the 15 seconds it took for me to pull it up wasn’t sufficient for the initial officer – former police chief so he jumped in his car and wrote me a ticket although before he could finish getting in his car I had already shown it to the current chief . so needless to say I got a ticket for no insurance . the former police chief quoted to me that it’s a state law to have a paper copy on you at all times . so my question is —

    1. is it illegal for them to open my door and disarm me ? I know the law says if they reasonably believe there’s a threat . he hadn’t even spoken with me . came on the scene and came straight to my truck and opened the door because I had shown my permit .

    2. is it an illegal search ? I told him repeatedly that I did not consent .

    3. The day after the incident I printed a copy and took it to the police station at which time I requested a copy of the video and audio recordings from my traffic stop and only wanted to speak with anyone not involved in the traffic stop . Was told to submit a written statement requesting those and submit to the detective in a sealed envelope . I did so and not even 20 minutes after doing so I received a call from the chief saying that there was no video or audio recordings . Is it a state law or not ?

    • Alex Teach

      1 and 2: Based on the information they had at the time, the officers had reasonable suspicion (important words) that you had just possibly committed a felony (Burglary) as reported independently by a 911 caller, so the stop was legit as was the Terry pat (Terry vs. Ohio) for their safety. If cops think you are a burglar, they don’t need permission to stop you or pat you down. Lots and lots of case law on that one.
      3: Officers are not required by law to record interactions. Your video is actually subpoena-able by them. Video/Audio is up to policty department by department, not law, so no.

      The ticket was BS, but it’ll be tossed out in court when you present proof of insurance. TN law also states the proof of ins. has to be a “document such as an insurance card, binder, or declarations page…” which has been upheld to be paper, though most cops will take the electronic version as a courtesy.

      I’m sorry you went through that all over a beef someone had with your mom, but the courts will see it as a reasonable suspicion stop since you had ‘stuff’ in your truck and were reportedly stealing it per an independent witness, and Terry vs. Ohio covers the pat down and videos aren’t legally mandated. It’s not the news you want, but hope this helps.

  • Lauren

    Can i carry it into a liquor store in TN, if I am not drinking?

  • Dave

    Are Grocery stores that sell beer prohibited?

  • Safecitizen

    Mr. V:
    The law is clear. It is unlawful for anyone who has been drinking to carry a firearm, PERIOD.
    The .08 or .065 BAC has nothing to do with it. You admitted to having 2 drinks and had a firearm. You broke the law, man up, take your punishment like a man, repent, and be patient till you can get your permit back. There was no need for the policeman to do the sobriety test at all once you admitted the 2 drinks. You confessed to the crime.
    If you really beleive the Bible, read up in Proverbs about how we are not to be drunk with wine and how it makes us fools and destroys our manhood.
    I do hope you are able to recover from this. You first need to admit your guilt and lose the indignation about being caught breaking the law.
    HCP owner in Drummonds, Tn.

  • Rick

    I live in TN and have a permit. What is the penalty if I carry in FL?

  • 7munchkins

    Going to Nashville and learning that TN residents are giving reciprocity in my state without reservation but TN will not allow me the same courtesy!

  • 7munchkins

    Going to Nashville and learning that TN residents are giving reciprocity in my state without reservation but TN will not allow me the same courtesy!

  • David

    I have my CCP. My soon to be ex wife is threatening to take out a restraining order against me. If she does will this have any effect on my CCP? Thanks

  • j schnura

    What are the rules for retired police officer carrying in Tennessee?

  • Jay Ydarb

    ? I will be moving from NC to Tn. next year will my ccw carry over to Tn.

  • Ram6

    I don’t understand why TN should honor any permits from states that don’t honor TN permits. We honor almost all states, yet states like NY, CA, FL,MI, etc. don’t honor ours. So if you are visiting Florida for example and have your firearm with you you may be subject to arrest.

  • Derek Absher

    When you take the conceal carry class, do you have to take a written test?