Tennessee Gun Laws

Tennessee Gun Laws

Tennessee State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. Always Consult An Attorney                                                    

Rifles & Shotguns Handguns
Permit to Purchase NO NO
Registration of Firearms NO NO
Licensing of Owners NO NO
Permit to Carry NO YES

Handgun Carry Permits are issued by the Tennessee Highway Patrol

       

State Self-Defense Law Review: Always Consult An Attorney

Duty to retreat before using Deadly force outside of Special Places

NO

Crimes Justifying use of Deadly Force outside of Special Places

Not specifically mentioned

Duty to Retreat when occupying special Places - Special places Mentioned in Statute such as Home, Workplace, Occupied Vehicle

No - Residence, business, dwelling or vehicle

Presumption of Reasonableness in Special Places - Unlawful Acts justifying use of Deadly Force in Special Places

Yes - Unlawful and forcible entry

Immunity from Civil liability

Yes - with specific exceptions

Notable Provisions of this State's Self-Defense Law

N/A

 

How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Tennessee

Requirements for Obtaining a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit Click HERE

  • Applicant shall submit proof of the successful completion of a department approved Handgun Safety Course within the past six (6) months. Call (615) 251-8590 to find out more information on handgun schools, locations and contact information.
  • Provide CERTIFIED PROOF of U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residency (no photocopies).
  • Submit application at any full service Driver License Service Center location.
  • Applicant is required to present a photo ID to the department at the time of filing the application.
  • Pay $115 non-refundable application fee payable by cash, certified check, or money order.
  • When the application is processed at the driver service center, the applicant will be given instructions on being fingerprinted.
  • Incomplete applications cannot be processed.
  • FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.