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Does Tennessee issue concealed carry permits?

Tennessee is a Shall Issue State and issues concealed weapons licenses to residents of Tennessee and non-residents with exceptions. If you are a non-resident with a permit from another state with similar permit eligibility requirements as Tennessee are employed in Tennessee on a regular basis, you have six months from the last day of the sixth month of regular employment to obtain a Tennessee handgun carry permit. This does not apply if your resident state has a reciprocity agreement with Tennessee. “Employed in this state on a regular basis” means a person has been gainfully employed in this state for at least thirty (30) hours a week for six (6) consecutive months not counting any absence from employment caused by the employee’s use of sick leave, annual leave, administrative leave or compensatory time.

Tennessee’s concealed weapons law went into effect in 1989. In October of 1996, the Department of Safety began issuing permits. Before October 1996, permits were issued by local sheriff’s offices.

Who issues Tennessee Handgun Carry Permits?

Tennessee Handgun Carry Permits are issued by the Department of Safety as of October 1996. You can visit their Concealed Carry website here. Before October 1996, permits were issued by local sheriff’s offices.

Are background checks required for a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit?

Yes. After the Department of Safety reviews the application, proper documentation is submitted to the TBI, FBI and County Sheriff. The TBI will either approve or deny your name search.

If you try to renew your Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit after it has expired for 6 months, you will be subject to another background check.

Does having a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit exempt you from the background check when purchasing a firearm Tennessee?

No. Having a Tennessee Handgun License does not exempt you from a National Instant Criminal System (NICS) check when purchasing a firearm.

How long is a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit valid for?

Tennessee Handgun Carry Permits are issued for 3 to 7 years based on the applicant’s age. There is also a lifetime permit available.

What is the processing time for a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit?

The processing time for new Tennessee Handgun Carry Permits is up to 90 days from the date they receive your application

How much does a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit cost?

New permits and renewals are issued with options for an 8 year permit or lifetime. Accepted methods of payment for an original handgun carry permit are cash, money order, MasterCard, Visa and Discover Credit Cards. Checks are accepted for a renewal and duplicate handgun carry permits.

First Time Applicant:

  • 8 Year $100.00
  • Military 8 year $68.00
  • Lifetime $300.00
  • Military Lifetime $268.00
  • Retired Law Enforcement Lifetime $100.00

Renewal Permit

  • 8 year $50.00
  • Military $50.00
  • Upgrade to a Lifetime $200.00
  • Upgrade to a Lifetime Military $200.00
  • Retired Law Enforcement upgrade to a Lifetime $100.00[/toggle]

What are the requirements for a Tennessee Concealed Weapons Permit?

Qualifications That Must Be Met Before Applying for a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit

  • Effective July 1, 2005, all handgun permit applicants seeking a new permit must provide proof of U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residency.
  • Effective July 1, 2005, Tennessee handgun carry permit law will now allow certain applicants already exempt from complying with firing range provisions of the current statute to also be exempt from any classroom requirements. Those current exceptions are applicants who prove to the department that within five (5) years from the date of application for handgun permit, the applicant has:
    1. Been certified by the police officer’s standards and training commission, or
    2. successfully completed training at the law enforcement training academy; or
    3. successfully completed the firearms training course required for armed security guards; or
    4. successfully completed all handgun training of not less than four (4) hours as required by any branch of the military.
  • Applicants are required to be a resident of the State of Tennessee;
  • Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age;
  • Applicants shall not have been convicted of any felony offense punishable for a term exceeding one (1) year;
  • Applicants shall not currently be under indictment or information for any criminal offense punishable by a term exceeding one (1) year;
  • Shall not be currently the subject of any order of protection;
  • Shall not be a fugitive from justice;
  • 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, as defined in Title 33, Chapter 6, Part 5, because of mental illness;
  • Shall not be an alien illegally or unlawfully in the United States;
  • Shall not have been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions (dishonorable discharge, bad conduct discharge or a dismissal; Chapter 1340-2-4-.02 (5);
  • Having been a citizen of the United States, applicants shall not have renounced their citizenship;
  • Shall not have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence as defined in 18 U.S.C.A. 921 (33);
  • 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;

How do I renew my Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit and what is the cost?

You can renew your Tennessee Handgun Carry permit up to 6 months before it expires. If you renew it within 6 months of it expiring, you will only have to follow the renewal provisions which is to submit a Renewal Application at any full service Driver License Center or by mail and pay the applicable fees. You can request a Renewal Application by calling 1-866-849-3578 or by mail:

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

You cannot carry concealed if you permit has expired until you receive your new permit.

If your permit has been expired more than 6 months you will have to complete the application process again including completing a handgun safety course, paying the fee, being fingerprinted and undergoing a background check.

How do you change a name or address on a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit?

You are required by law to notify the Department of Safety of an address move within 60 days. You can call them at 866-849-3578 or contact them online here. It is your option to receive an updated permit with your new address. To get a permit with your new address you will have to fill out an application which you can get by calling 615-251-8590 and submitting the completed and signed application along with a $5.00 check or money order to the following address:

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

You may also apply for a duplicate at any Driver Service Center but they will not be able to issue the duplicate to you there.

We could not find anything related to changing you name but it may follow the same rules as a change of address.

What do you do if your Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit is lost, stolen or damaged?

o get a duplicate permit you will have to fill out an application which you can get by calling 615-251-8590 and submitting the completed and signed application along with a $5.00 check or money order to the following address:

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

You may also apply for a duplicate at any Driver Service Center but they will not be able to issue the duplicate to you there.

If I get arrested or convicted, do I have to notify the Tennessee Department of Justice about the arrest or conviction?

Are far as we can tell, you are not required to notify them of an arrest or conviction. But they will suspend or revoke the permit if the records or other sufficient evidence that you are:

  • Prohibited from purchasing a handgun under applicable state or federal law
  • Have not accurately disclosed any material information required by § 39-17-1351
  • Pose a material likelihood of risk of harm to the public
  • Have been arrested for a felony involving the use or attempted use of force, violence or a deadly weapon or a felony drug offense
  • violated any other provision of §§ 39-17-1351 — 39-17-1360
  • Have at any time committed an act or omission or engaged in a pattern of conduct that would render the permit holder ineligible to apply for or obtain a permit under the eligibility requirements of § 39-17-1351

The department will send you a notice of the suspension or revocation stating that you must surrender your permit to the department within 10 days of the notice. Failure to do so is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail.
within the ten-day period

If I move my permanent residence to another state, is my Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit still valid?

No. One you have moved your permanent resident to another state the permit is no longer valid. While we cannot find any exact information on what to do with your permit, we recommend that you surrender your permit to the department. For more information, contact the Department of Safety to clarify what you should do with your permit.

Can I transfer another state’s concealed carry permit or license to Tennessee?

Tennessee does not allow you to transfer another state’s concealed carry permit or license to Tennessee. You must apply for a new Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit.

Does Tennessee accept any other state’s concealed carry permits or licenses?

Tennessee recognizes all other state’s resident and non-resident permits.

Do I need to inform Law Enforcement that I am carrying a concealed weapon?

No. You are only required to have your Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit on your when you are carrying a handgun and display the permit on demand of a law enforcement officer.

Does Tennessee issue Tennessee Concealed Weapons Permit to resident aliens with a green card?

It seems that yes, Resident Aliens can apply for a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit. They state as one of the requirements: Provide CERTIFIED PROOF of U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residency (no photocopies).

What are the laws for carrying a firearm in an automobile in Tennessee?

Anyone with or without a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit or recognized permit may legally possess a loaded handgun, shotgun or rifle in the vehicle you legally posses.

What places are off-limits when carrying a concealed weapon in Tennessee?

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.

Does Tennessee have a Stand Your Ground Law AKA Castle Doctrine Law?

Tennessee is generally a “Stand Your Ground” state. You can find the Tennessee Code at T.C.A. 39-11-611 which can be broken down as follows:

  • Person not engaged in unlawful activity;
  • Person in a place they have a legal right to be;
  • Reasonable belief of imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury;
  • The danger creating the belief of imminent death or serious bodily injury is real, or honestly believed to be real at the time;
  • The belief is founded on reasonable grounds.

What are the laws involving alcohol and carrying a concealed weapon in Tennessee?

You must not consume alcoholic liquor, beer, or wine while carrying a concealed weapon. If you have a concealed weapons license, you may carry in places that serve food and alcohol. USA Carry always recommends never to carry a firearm while drinking alcohol.

It is a class A misdemeanor for anyone to go armed with a firearm while under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance.

Does Tennessee have laws for No Gun signs?

Yes, No Gun signs have the force of law.”Notice of the prohibition shall be displayed 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. Either form of notice used shall be of a size that is plainly visible to the average person entering the building, property, or portion of the building or property, posted. The code says the sign must be the international circle and slash symbolizing the prohibition of the item within the circle or the sign must contain wording in English that is “substantially similar” to that used in the code; substantially similar being defined as such: The property is posted under authority of Tennessee law; Weapons or firearms are prohibited on the property, in the building, or on the portion of the property or building that is posted; and Possessing a weapon in an area that has been posted is a criminal offense. See TN AG Opinion No 07-43.[5] Notwithstanding T.C.A. § 39-17-1359,[1] vehicle transportation of a loaded firearm is allowed under T.C.A. § 39-17-1313[1] as long as the firearm is secured in the handgun carry permit holder’s privately owned vehicle and is not visible to “ordinary observation”.”

Does my military training exempt me from the eight hour training course for a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit?

Yes, you can be exempt from the 8 hour training course for a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit with the following forms:

  • DD-2586
  • CG-3029
  • DA-88-R
  • DA-5704-R
  • AF Form 522

Are you allowed to carry concealed in Tennessee State Parks, State & National Forests, Wildlife Management Areas, and/or Road Side Rest Areas?

State Parks: YES
State Forests: YES
National Forests: YES
WMA’s: YES
Road Side Rest Areas: YES unless posted

Relevant Links

What are the Tennessee Open Carry laws?

Visit our Tennessee Open Carry page for more information.

Changelog
1/4/2017 – Links fixed. Updated Fees.

To view a state’s concealed carry permit information click on the state. The state’s color represents whether a state is Shall Issue, May Issue, Constitutional Carry or Right Denied (We explain each state’s status here).

Shall Issue to Residents Only:
Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Guam, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Wyoming

Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents:
Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin

May Issue to Residents Only:
California, Delaware, Virgin Islands

May Issue to Residents and Non-Residents:
Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York

Constitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents Only:
Alaska, West Virginia

Constitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents:
Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire

Constitutional Carry and Does Not Issue Permits:
Vermont

Right Denied:
American Samoa, N. Mariana Islands

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