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Constitutional carry is not yet legal in Tennessee. But the state legislature has approved that from the first of July 2021, residents that are at least twenty-one years old and meet all requirements for an enhanced gun license in the state and do not have a federal or state prohibition to possess firearms, will be allowed open and concealed carry in the state without permits.
Also, members of the military still active and those that are honorably discharged from duties and at least eighteen years old will be able to possess firearms without a permit.
Tennessee has a shall-issue policy for the application of firearms in the state. The gun license is processed by the state safety and homeland security department.
To purchase firearms from gun shows and private dealers in Tennessee, you are not required to complete a criminal record background check or register the firearms.
Prior to the commencement of permitless carry in July, open carry in Tennessee is only allowed for those with enhanced gun permits. However, you can open carry without a permit if the firearm is unloaded and you are not near ammunition. Possession of firearms with the intention to harm others or self is prohibited in Tennessee. The state minimum age requirement to open carry is eighteen years old, and it prohibits the possession of firearms in certain locations and regions.
To conceal carry in Tennessee before July 2021, you must be a resident with a state gun permit or a non-resident with a permit and license issued by a state-recognized by Tennessee. Anyone that is at least twenty-one years old can conceal carry with permits. Exceptions are made for military personnel with a minimum age of eighteen.
In 2020 two levels of gun permits were created in Tennessee. They are a normal gun permit and an enhanced permit. To obtain the regular permit, the state requires you to complete a firearm training course that lasts one hour and 30 minutes.
On the other hand, the enhanced permit requires an 8 hours’ live firearm training session from approved instructors in the state. With an enhanced gun permit in Tennessee, you can possess firearms in more places and locations than the regular permit.
Non-residents that are employed in Tennessee or work regularly in the state can apply for the regular permit provided that they have a license from their original state of residence. However, they will only be allowed to apply after working in the state for half of a year. Tennessee will also accept gun permits from every state and region in the US.
You can either open or conceal carry firearms in private vehicles, as long as you do not have a prohibition against the possession of weapons in the state or federally. Tennessee also allows the possession of firearms in roadside areas of the state for enhanced permit holders and those that have a license from any state that it recognizes.
According to gun laws in the state, you can possess firearms in State Parks, Forests, And Wildlife Management Areas, as long as you are an enhanced permit older or you have a pistol permit from one of the states Tennessee recognizes.
You can possess firearms in restaurants and bar areas of Tennessee if you have your pistol permit. However, if there is a post prohibiting the possession of firearms in the places or you are under the influence of alcohol, you cannot carry guns in restaurants or bar spaces.
Gun laws of the state also indicate that private businesses and properties in the state may prohibit the possession of firearms on their premises or regulate it as they deem fit. This law also applies to hotels, and they can develop policies to control the possession of firearms in their facilities.
Tennessee pistol permit holders can keep firearms and ammunition in their vehicles parked in public or private property in the state, so far the car is in a garage or parking lot designated for it.
Also, the permit holder must make sure that he or she locks the firearm in a compartment away from the public view. Furthermore, Tennessee gun law does not allow employers to prohibit employees from the possession of firearms or ammunition in their car, as described above.
Tennessee gun Law prohibits the possession of firearms in certain areas of the state.
To apply for any Tennessee gun permits, first, complete the application online or visit your local sheriff's office to do so. You must complete the firearm training for either of the permits you are applying for. You will also be required to submit some documents like a means of identification which could either be a driver’s license or your state-issued ID card. If you do not have a driver's license, you can submit your state residency proof. You are also required to pay the required fee and after processing your application, take your fingerprint. You will get an approved mail after the processing period.
An ordinary permit cost sixty-five dollars for both initial licenses and renewals. An enhanced permit costs hundred dollars for an initial license and fifty dollars for a renewal permit.
However, both initial and renewal permits cost sixty dollars for active and retired military members.
Gun permits are valid for eight years in Tennessee, and the processing period for the permit is ninety days.
It is compulsory that you meet all requirements to apply for gun permits in the state.
The state government in Tennessee has full authority over gun laws in all parts of the state.
Preemption gun laws in Tennessee prohibit local municipalities, districts, and counties from creating ordinances or gun laws that contradict the state laws in terms of ownership, possession, transfer, sales, licensing, and purchasing of firearms and ammunition.
However, local areas in the state can regulate the use of firearms in locations and regions for safety reasons.
This means that permitless carry Tennessee laws are the same in all parts of the state.