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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.

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 an 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

What are the requirements for a Tennessee Handgun Carry 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?

To 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 follownig 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 Handgun Carry 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
Road Side Rest Areas: YES unless posted

What are the Tennessee Open Carry laws?

Please visit our Tennessee Open Carry page for more information.


1/4/2017 – Links fixed. Updated Fees.

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

    • 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.

  • 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…

    • Dave Algonquin

      What kind of park? Concealed carry is now allowed in state parks in TN.

    • Dave Algonquin

      What kind of park? Concealed carry is now allowed in state parks in TN.

  • 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?

      • Dave Algonquin

        Clearly, yes.

  • 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.

    • Dave Algonquin

      Wisconsin does, according to the TN Attorney General’s website.

  • 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

    [email protected]

    • 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.

      • Mirimon

        No, he committed a crime, and to get that permit he had to have been told the law, acknowledge and agree to it as well…. all on top of being ab alleged carry permit instructor (so he was either teaching it wrong or simply ignored the law).

    • 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……

        • Mirimon


          Sure, a nearly undetectable amount of alcohol could be found within a gallon of processed fruit juice (fyi, when a food label says natural, that doesn’t mean it came straight from nature, ot actually means, under law, that at no point during the creation of the product did any plastic come in contact with the product.)

          But really… given your logic all we need at a bar is a basket of fruit…
          Stop giving your kids fruit too… and I’m sure there are tons of cases of FAS cause by the mother drinking juice, right?…

          Get educated.

      • 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.

      • Tommy

        I have been told that if you wish to have an alcoholic drink ,while carrying , that you are to lock your weapon up in the trunk of your car with no ammo in the same vicinity of it,such as ammo maybe in the glove box. If you are stopped and discovered to have been drinking you should be just fine.

        • Vickie

          If I have my weapon on me and I want a drink , I will lock it up . Will note drink and carry a weapon .

      • Liberal Juggalo supremacist

        Well over Half the cops on duty are on ssri drugs or steroids.

    • 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.

      Todd [email protected]

    • 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
      [email protected]

      • 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.

        • Glen

          2 Timothy is subject to interpretation. I believe “of one wife” does not mean divorce but actually having one wife at any time. Pegans can marry multiple wives. I believe this is what they mean” Other pieces can be interpreted different ways.
          The Bible was written so that you could understand it only through prayer to the Holy Spirit/God/ Jesus

        • Fred Giles

          He may not have committed a sin, but he did break a law, which is also a sin. You cannot have a handgun in your possession if you have one drop of alcohol

      • 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……

        • mrldpatriot

          It is against the law (a sin) to drink alcohol while carrying a handgun. However, I do believe there should be some threshold of amount of alcohol in the blood before it becomes illegal as it is with driving.

      • 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.

          • Mirimon

            It doesn’t state a bac limit for carry because there isn’t like a dui. It plainly states No, NONE, NADA… no consumption of the likes of alcoholor medicines which at any quantity might alter ones physical and mental actions while carrying any firearm.

            Bac lvls only apply to vehicle operations, and note.. there are levels when it comes to bac and degrees of vehicular control or restrictions.

      • 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.

      • Mark NightWolf

        Pastor Don, your a complete moron period it is clear the mans rights is being trampled as what he drank was less than a wine cooler. Also his attorney Upchurch is well known to work against the citizen and his father was the same kind of scum bag. Don its clear your a bible thumping idiot.
        Major Mark Brown, Ret USMC

        • Mirimon

          Psst, he is from TN, has a carry permit from TN…. TN law to carry is different than the permit to drive. While you may drink to a point below .08 a d still drive, TN law completely prohibits the carry of firearms while intoxicated.. there is no BAC lvl for it. If you so much as take a sip of sacramental wine you are no longer permitting to carry a firearm at that time.

          It helps to actually read the law, rather than recite your misconceptions as though they are fact and admonish othera based on your false belief.

          Fyi, you should know this also, but regulations prohibit you from using signitures such as “Maj. Joe Snuffy, Ret, USMC unless in an official capacity related to the work you retired from. It is punishible under UCMJ. The reason is to prevent persons from doing as you are now, attempting to impose some false concept of authority in a situation, especially when serving your own agenda.

          See how foolish it is to speak ill of others when you know not the facts? The same goes for the derogatory “Bible thumper” remark insinuating that such faith is wrong and makes one ignorant, under the auspices of your own beliefs. (which are not facts.)

    • 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.

      • Fred Giles

        Wrong, by Tennessee State law, the officer had every right to arrest him. He drank alcohol while carrying a firearm, which any valid instructor knows you cannot do

    • 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.

    • Michael

      This was 4 years ago. I am curious how it turned out. I am a Tennessee permit holder, but not a lawyer, so I can’t claim to be an expert on the law. But, the way I understood it from my handgun permit class, you can not carry your gun if you are under the influence at all. The .08 blood alcohol content is the limit for driving an automobile. It doesn’t apply to carrying a gun. The way I remember my class, you can not carry a gun while under the influence at all. There is no blood alcohol limit, you have to put the gun away if you have taken even a sip. So it sounds like you did not have a legal defense. Still, it does seem that the cop and the attorney general in your county were being really hard ass. I wonder why? Have you pissed them off?

    • Vickie.

      what were you thinking , being a instructor for conceal carry . You should lose your permit . You do not need a gun when drinking . If you are a instructor , you would tell your class , DO NOT CARRY

    • WaitingForTheStorm

      I understand that there is no defined standard for alcohol consumption while carrying in Tennessee. Any alcohol consumption will result in forfeiting your carry privileges. I drink only occasionally; but, I never drink if I am armed.

    • T

      Pastor Don, this is the problem with us fallen humans, we think that we are not guilty when the Bible says that we are. Now, it is very unfortunate for us that you decided that the law did not apply to you. In case you are ignorant of the law(not a defense) Tennessee law says no alcohol must touch your lips when carrying a firearm.(common sense). You should apologize to everyone you know who are aware you carry a concealed weapon and explain to them exactly why you will more than likely never have the right to carry again. You were wrong!

    • Fred Giles

      If you are an instructer, you should have known that drinking any alcohol while in possession of a firearm is illegal.

    • Jonathan

      There’s a lot of people commenting on how dumb Mr Vinson is for carrying while drinking. No argument there, that’s stupid. But nobody has commented on the fact that it would be a whole other level of stupid if this is a real comment by someone who actually posted his real name, address, phone number, and email address on a public Internet page.

  • 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

      • ezmethod

        Not at all banks though. I’ve even seen some banks here in Murfreesboro that require you to remove your hat and sunglasses if wearing them as you enter.

  • 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!

    • 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.

    • rick

      Temporary restraining order in tennessee is in effect for 1 year

  • 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.

      • CorruptionInColumbia

        To open carry, is that applicable ONLY to a holder of a TN CWP, or will it apply to anyone with a CWP recognized by TN?

      • Lowell B

        No, other than the fact that both states reciprocate concealed carry permits, its not necessary. Just like it is Illegal to have two valid drivers license, the same holds true for a CCP.

        • Jonathan

          Absolutely not true. You may have multiple concealed carry permits and it is legal.

        • Jonathan

          In fact, several states REQUIRE that you have a resident concealed carry permit in your state of residence before they will issue you a nonresident concealed carry permit.

    • Jimmy M

      As far as I know,Tennessee allows all other states handgun permit holders to carry in TN. TN does this even for ahole states that would put TN citizens in jail for carrying in their states,even with a TN permit.

  • 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?

    • 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.

      • CorruptionInColumbia


    • CorruptionInColumbia

      Off duty, you are covered by LEOSA/HR-218, assuming you are an active duty LEO. Retired, you are still covered by LEOSA/HR-218 if you have an ID card issued by the agency you retired from identifying you as a retired LEO and you have qualified with the type (semi-auto, revolver, or both) firearm you are carrying.

  • 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???

    • Dave Algonquin

      You may be overthinking it a bit. Florida honors TN permits, period.

    • Dave Algonquin

      You may be overthinking it a bit. Florida honors TN permits, period.

  • 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 [email protected]

  • 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
    [email protected]
    [email protected]

  • 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?

    • Fred Giles


  • 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

    • Fred Giles

      yes, you will lose it

  • 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.

    • Fred Giles


  • 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.

    • Info4U

      I drove to board a cruise at port Jax in Florida with my gun in its usual place beside me. My gun was loaded but no bullet in the chamber. When I arrived at the port and while being directed where to leave my car, I was asked if there were any concealed weapons in my vehicle, to which I replied “yes”. I was asked to pull to a designated area just off to the right of of the entrance gate. An officer immediately pulled behind me and approached my window. He asked me for my drivers license and stated he understood I had a weapon in my car. He then ask me if I had a Handgun Permit. I replied “yes”, and provided him with my TN permit. He asked where my gun was located & if the chamber was loaded. I pointed to the gun in view and told him that the chamber was empty. He asked me along with my two other friends in the vehicle to please step out of the car and directed us where to stand. Now accompanied by another officer, they opened every possible part of my car and even scanned under the car and under the hood with some sort of detection device. When no other weapons or items of suspicion were found, they kindly replaced our items and told us we could return to the car. Now back behind the wheel the officer came back to my window to return my license and gun permit. He then handed me my gun, and said “if you have a permit and are serious about carrying that gun, I recommend you keep one in the chamber.” “Hope you have a great trip.” I was then directed to a special parking area. I said all this to prove that as I know this may not always be the case, but I was in Florida with a concealed weapon and nothing was mentioned about my not being a resident. As far as the invasion of all our possessions and my car goes… I only hope they do the same to every other visitor. What if that were my child, family or friend getting on that ship? Same goes for airports! People bitch and moan about the precautions and invasion of their privacy… Would you want the shoes of the man sitting in the seat next to your child be removed or are you okay with “ASSUMING”. I would also like to say that although permit holders are not required to inform an officer you have a gun in the car when stopped for a routine traffic violation, you do so anyway and right upfront. Chances are your honesty and respect for the officers safety will go a long way!

  • Derek Absher

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

  • chad

    I am looking to relocate I currently have a ccl in oklahoma. What is required for me to carry in tennessee

  • Jimmy M

    Tennessee has new laws,one of the laws allows for concealed carry in parks and does away with local authorities legal ability to prohibit concealed carry in parks. A related law but not a gun law is handgun carry permit holders may carry knives on their person,no blade length limit,switchbades also made legal.

  • Jimmy M

    It would seem that Tennessee is taking measures to enable it’s citizens, the ability to always have various weapons close to them. Almost like modern day minutemen. Of course these are true if you have a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit. Examples: An AR15 in the car with 40 round loaded Pmag Rifle round not cahambered except in self defense.OK! KaBar Marine combat knife on your person.OK! Glock pistol with double magazine pouch and a total of 3 loaded magazines on your person.OK! It would make sudden tyranny more difficult if citizens did not have to go home for their weapons. It would also make gun confiscation more difficult if citizens had the guns on them and not in a safe at home waiting for the SWAT team.Now,if there was only a way to expand this to more citizens.

  • William K. Hickock

    I read some comments below about the guy who had his’ 380 taken from him and his’ problems.Never talk to a police officer.Never voluntarily submit to any search of your person or vehicle.Call your lawyer first.Don’t talk to the police about anything. Police are not your buddy and they do not care if you think of yourself as a model citizen.They think that everyone is guilty but has not been caught yet.A small amount of alcohol does not impair EVERYONE,nor does it reduce their inhibitions.Our barbarian ancestors went into combat against the enemy while under the influence of alcohol.I’ve seen cops,on duty,in bars,in uniform ,with sidearms DRINKING.Then they go off and pinch some citizen driver for having the blood alcohol level of one beer. If you drink a few beers and don’t shoot someone with your gun,you really havern’t committed a crime.The crime is that law enforcement is so invasive in our society that they can mess up a citizen’s life over one or two drinks.Our ancestors would say that Americans are deballed.

  • Larry Cannon

    Help I still am not clear about carry permit am i able to carry concealed with a tn carry permit?

  • Aaron

    Im active duty military. Does anyone know if Tennessee would still require me to take the gun safety course? I know some states will waive that requirement since we (military) receive weapons safety training all the time.

    • Dave Algonquin

      With the proper documentation I believe TN will waive the requirement.

    • Dave Algonquin

      With the proper documentation I believe TN will waive the requirement.

  • Andy Wolf

    Best CCW in the Republic, reciprocity-wise

  • Brandon Nunley

    I was arrested and my permit was suspended the charge have been dropped No one can tell how to get my permit unsuspended.

  • Justin Smith
  • Brian Lebby

    I am active duty military stationed in New Mexico with Tennessee residence. Am I still able to apply for a resident permit or must I apply non resident? Also, if I apply for a permit do I have to be there in person?