Finding The Right Shooting Range For Your Needs, in Tennessee

Choosing The Right Shooting Range Tennessee TN

Outdoor Shooting Lanes When choosing a range in Tennessee to go to it is always good to talk to someone has been there before, some considerations is whether the range only accommodates handguns, and/or rifles, or a mix of the two. If you're a new handgun shooter you may not want to be in the lane next to someone shooting a .308 rifle.

Depending on the type of range in Tennessee that you have chosen you will be using anything from paper type Silhouette targets, Bull's-eye style targets or steel targets which could be stationary or moving and or interactive.

Typically the vast majority of indoor ranges in Tennessee are designed primarily for handgun shooting, although there are some new newer ranges that have lanes set aside in another portion of the building for the larger caliber rifles. 

Whether you live in Tennessee or in another state you can find a complete list of Shooting Ranges in our database of Shooting Industry businesses found on the home page of US Precision Defense.

This Video Illustrates all types of Shooting Ranges and Target combinations In Tennessee

Article 1, Section 26 of  The Tennessee State  Constitutional Provision States: “That the citizens of this State have a right to keep and to bear arms for their common defense; but the Legislature shall have power, by law, to regulate the wearing of arms with a view to prevent crime.”

A license is required to carry a loaded handgun either openly or concealed. Such permits are issued through the Department of Safety to qualified residents 21 years or older for a 4 year term. Tennessee recognizes any valid, out-of-state permit for carrying a handgun as long as the permittee is not a resident of Tennessee.

Tennessee is not a traditional open carry state. However, Tennessee is a shall-issue state that issues a carry permit that allows both open and concealed carry.

February 2013; The year's most watched piece of gun legislation in Tennessee appears to be on the fast track to the floor of the state House of Representatives, even though both sides say serious questions remain about it. A bill that would give nearly 400,000 gun owners in Tennessee the right to carry their weapons in their vehicles anywhere they want including school and workplace parking lots could be passed soon.

April 25, 2013, Governor Bill Haslam signed a law that closed the public’s access to all information contained in any application for a handgun carry permit in Tennessee. Those records are now “confidential, not open or available for public inspection and shall not be released in any manner.”

If you are a Tennessee resident and want to carry a loaded handgun on your person or in your vehicle, you must obtain a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit. In Shelby county alone, there are approximately 25,000 residents who are licensed to carry a handgun. It is relatively easy to obtain the license, provided you meet certain requirements and receive proper safety training. Expect to spend some money. Handgun safety courses can often cost around $100, as does the permit application fee. In addition, the cost of a weapon and ammunition can be substantial.

US Precision Defense has a free directory of Firearms instructors in Tennessee and other states located on our home page.  

2013; Tennessee is one of four states, along with Arizona, Georgia and Virginia, that recently enacted laws explicitly allowing loaded guns in bars. (Eighteen other states allow weapons in restaurants that serve alcohol.) The new measures in Tennessee and the three other states come after two landmark Supreme Court rulings that citizens have an individual right, not just in connection with a well-regulated militia, to keep a loaded handgun for home defense.

Experts say these laws represent the latest wave in the country’s gun debate, as the gun lobby seeks, state by state, to expand the realm of guns in everyday life.

Tennessee has a self-defense law based on the castle doctrine. Enacted in 2007, the law does not require a duty to retreat. It extends the right for persons to defend themselves from attacks by using physical or deadly force in any place they have a legal right to be. The law provides civil immunity for persons using physical or deadly force to protect themselves from an attacker.

While open carry is prohibited for anyone who doesn’t have a carry permit, having a permit enables persons to transport long guns, rifles or shotguns in their vehicles. The firearms can be loaded, but cannot have a shell in the chamber.

A statement from the Tennessee Sheriff’s Association: “The Sheriffs of Tennessee are strong supporters of the 2nd Amendment rights of their citizens and have taken an oath to uphold the Constitution of the State of Tennessee, the Constitution of the United States of America, and the laws and ordinances of their counties and will fulfill that oath. The Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association and the Tennessee Firearms Association co-authored the Tennessee Handgun Permit Law in May of 1994.”

2013, There are currently several firearms manufacturers in Tennessee including world renowned Barrett Firearms USA, Inc most noticeable for their .50 Cal rifles. There is also Carrier Rifle Company, Homeland Defense and Police Supply Corp, Patriot Defense Arms, Predator Custom Shop, Garrett Asher Arms, Horn Lake Arms, Coyote Creek Firearms, C & C Arms, LLC, and Spencer Rifle CO Inc.

US Precision Defense maintains a free directory of Firearms instructors, Gun smiths, Shooting Ranges, and Gun Manufacturers.