Constitutional Carry win for Tennessee

3rd State in 2021 Passes Permitless/Constitutional Carry

Good news from the home state of Davey Crockett. Provided Governor Bill Lee signs the legislation into law, Tennessee will become the third state in 2021, to enact permitless carry. This legislation is commonly referred to as constitutional carry. Governor Lee sponsored the bill, so it is unlikely he will veto the bill.

tennessee passes constitutional carry

On March 29, 2021, the Tennesee House of Representatives voted to pass the legislation. It passed with a vote of 64-29. The bill didn't need the support of 5 Republicans who voted against it.

What is in the Legislation?

The legislation would go into effect on July 1st. It would allow adults, 21 and older who are not prohibited from possessing firearms, the legal right to open or conceal carry a loaded handgun in public, without a permit. The law also grants the same rights to active duty military members 18-20 years old.

This comes as great news for Tennesee and gun owners across the country. However, some feel the law did not go far enough. The bill only applies to handguns. It does not provide the same protections for carrying long guns.

Tennessee has a solid Republican majority legislature, so I suspect that they will look to expand gun owner rights in the state.

We believe this is good news even if you don't live in the Volunteer State. Pro-gun laws are being signed by governors across the country. This is despite an opposite desire in the federal legislative and executive branches.

Already this year Utah Governor Signs Constitutional Carry Bill Into Law and Montana Constitutional Carry have both passed similar laws that remove the permit requirement to exercise the individual's right to keep and bear arms.

About Matthew Maruster

I follow my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who is the eternal co-equal Son of God. I currently live in Columbus, Ohio with my wife and daughter. I served in the Marine Corps Infantry. I was a Staff Sergeant and served as a Platoon Sergeant during combat in Iraq. After I was a police officer at a municipal agency in San Diego County. I have a Bachelors's Degree in Criminal Justice from National University. MJ Maruster Defense.


  1. Mark kuenning on March 30, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    All 50 united states should pass similar legislation to insure that good law abiding citizens are armed. If the federal government gets their way only criminals will be armed. Way to step up Tennessee! We applaud you!!

    • Whitetiger on March 31, 2021 at 7:11 pm

      It shouldnt have to pass anything but here we are 🙂 Awesome news on the Tenn front

    • Ken Gove on April 3, 2021 at 4:52 pm

      The 2nd Amendment gives us the right to carry without a permit. Why should there be any other law to say we have that right? I think since we are at that point though, every state should be nationally lateral with same law. I am a retired 21 year Army infantry veteran and a former police officer as well. Training should be required for those that carry.

      • Mike Hanig on April 27, 2021 at 9:46 pm

        That’s great news. Looking at moving from AZ to Tenn next year

  2. Mark A Trombley on March 31, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Thankyou Tennessee for being a stepping stone for the rest of the U.S.A we need to get this across the board to enable us citizens to legally carry and to defend ourselves against criminals and against a tyrannical gvt who may want to disarm you s like Venezuela. Look what happened there. The gvt took those guns and used them against the civilians for control as a communistic country. Look also to North Korea and communist China for control fanatics who want to run and ruin our country. They take our guns, it’s over USA a fact you need to look at!!

  3. Thomas Sawyer on March 31, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    I saw something today from concerning this and there were different things about this bill that sheds more on the bill than what is stated here. I don’t remember all of it so I think maybe it should be brought up for a discussion that you guys on concealed carry can enlighten us more about.

  4. Rick S Baer on April 27, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    As a permit holder for years I have to say what the he** are y’all thinking. It’s our right maybe so but this is nuts. No training but it’s on to walk around with a gun. Rights are one thinks common sense is another. Is it so hard to take a class and learn to use a weapon before being able to carry it around. What’s next. You don’t need a drivers license or pilots license go ahead jump in the drivers seat. This world is to hung up on rights and
    Somebody’s doing me wrong, the governments out to get me. So now any dumb *** can carry. It’s stupid.

    • Matthew Maruster on April 27, 2021 at 1:49 pm

      Rick, I hope you don’t mind that I edited out the cuss words in your comment. We don’t approve comments that have obscenities, but you seemed pretty zealous about the notion that following the constitution is somehow selfish or self-centered. I happen to disagree, and I am not “nuts.”

      You started out by saying “It’s our right maybe so…” Maybe so? Rick, it IS our right to possess a firearm for self-defense.

      And since you mentioned that “Rights are one thinks [SIC] common sense is another” what is the common sense test that the government should give people before allowing them to experience the basic inalienable rights listed in the Constitution? Should it be an IQ test? How good should people be able to shoot? Should old people with arthritic hands be held to a different common-sense standard before being able to defend themselves with a firearm? What about people with medical conditions? Should people who don’t have enough money to pay for training and the permit wait until they can “save up” enough money to defend themselves? Who gets to determine the standards?

      Should we apply the common-sense standard to other rights in the Bill of Rights? Which ones, and who decides?

      Could you show data showing states without a training requirement for concealed carry experience a higher level of negligence or crimes involving firearms? It doesn’t exist Rick. Wouldn’t it make sense to do the research before claiming that nearly half of the country is “nuts?”

      We are all about obeying the laws, and this is a welcome move.

  5. John Galarza on April 27, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Good old Tennessee stepping up. I live in Northern Virginia and have a carry permit as well. Hopefully Virginia will join the ranks. I am a Marine Vietnam Veteran and was a Marksmanship Instructor and shot competition.

  6. Mike on April 27, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    Well this cover person visiting the state as well.

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