Tennessee Open Carry

Open carry is ONLY legal in Tennessee with a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit

The minimum age to obtain a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit is 21 years of age.

Open carrying in a vehicle is also not legal unless you have a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit.

The following are off-limited when carrying a concealed weapon in Tennessee:

  • Carrying weapons during judicial proceedings.
  • Carrying weapons on school property.
  • Carrying weapons on public parks, playgrounds, civic centers and other public recreational buildings and grounds.
  • Possession of handgun while under influence.
  • Prohibition at certain meetings — Posting notice.
  • Miscellaneous Regulations
  • Fox hunting – Training of hunting dogs – Penalty.
  • Hunting and chasing coons regulated – Training season – Violations, penalties.
  • Possession of weapons in areas inhabited by big game.
  • Establishment of hunting areas, refuges, and wildlife management areas — Prohibited acts.
  • Firearms on Leased Property.
  • Note that handguns are also prohibited at airports, military institutions, and any other building/area prohibited by federal law.

For concealed carry information, visit our Tennessee Concealed Carry page.

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  • Nathaniel52

    Fox Hunting and Training of Hunting Dogs. Also Hunting and Chasing coons is illegal to carry conceal weapon doing those 2 things? I’m not a hunter and have never went hunting but I thought you shot animals with Bows and Guns? So why can’t you carry while fox hunting or training your dogs?

  • JoelGpoet

    Your information is not accurate on this Page. Anyone legal to own a firearm may have or carry a handgun, rifle, or shotgun in a legal owned vehicle in Tennessee, even in parking lots of business where the business owners display no guns signs. The interior of your vehicle has the same effect as your own home in this way. Thank you…

  • Bill Nourse

    Also, it is now legal to carry in public parks, local laws and ordinances notwithstanding.