Tennessee Gun Laws
Open Carry: Open carry allowed only with permit Duty to Notify Law Enforcement: Only when asked by the officer State Parks: Concealed handgun carry by recognized permittees is lawful Restaurants Serving Alcohol: No specific restriction Firearms at Colleges: Concealed carry allowed by law Firearms at K-12 Schools: TN permittee may carry loaded handgun in vehicle only Magazine Capacity Limitations: No restrictions Suppressor Ownership: Lawful Vehicle Possession by Non-Permitees: Loaded firearms may be carried anywhere in a vehicle or boat. Firearm Law Uniformity: Uniform throughout state Permit Training Requirements: Take class offered by an instructor certified by the TN Dept of Safety. Permit Issuing Authority: TN Highway Patrol May/Shall Issue: Shall Issue State Website: link Length of Permit Validity: 8 Years Permit Application Process: Pick up an application from any Driver Services Center location Non-Resident Permits: Only available to those who have a permit from their home state that isn't honored in TN AND is employed in TN. Places Off Limits: Any room in which judicial proceedings are in progress.
*Any public or private school building or bus, on any public or private school campus, grounds,
recreation area, athletic field or any other property owned, used or operated by any board of
education, school, college or university board of trustees, regents or directors for the administration
of any public or private educational institution.
It is not an offense for a nonstudent adult to possess a firearm, if such firearm is contained within a
private vehicle operated by the adult and is not handled by such adult, or by any other person acting
with the expresses or implied consent of such adult, while such vehicle is on school property.
An individual, corporation, business entity or government entity or agent thereof is authorized to
prohibit possession of weapons by any person otherwise authorized by this subsection, at meetings
conducted by, or on premises owned, operated, managed or under control of such individual,
corporation, business entity or government entity. Notice of such prohibition shall be posted in
prominent locations, including all entrances primarily used by persons entering the building, portion
of the building or buildings where weapon possession is prohibited.
it is a criminal offense to possess or carry weapons, including firearms, on those portions of the
property of a religious institution being used for school purposes.
The prohibition against carrying weapons applies only to those portions of the property of the
religious institution being used for school purposes.
The prohibition against carrying a firearm on the property of a religious institution applies only while
the property is being used or operated by the school.
(a) It is an offense for any person to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, with the intent to go
armed, any weapon prohibited by § 39-17-1302(a), not used solely for instructional, display or sanctioned
ceremonial purposes, in or on the grounds of any public park, playground, civic center or other building
facility, area or property owned, used or operated by any municipal, county or state government, or
instrumentality thereof, for recreational purposes.
Check the laws for more details about schools, RVs, and Public Parks, Playgrounds and Civic Centers.
Resident Permit Reciprocity:
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