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
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
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.