Restrictions on Tennessee Carry Permits

February 28, 2020

The new legislation has provided Tennessee residents with a second option for carry permits. With the passage of the Senate bill, a new concealed carry handgun permit makes it faster, easier, and less expensive for those who wish to exercise their second amendment right to get a concealed carry permit.

However, the new concealed carry permit has also created a lot of confusion about what is and is not allowed. Let’s see if we can clear up some inaccuracies. 

Some but not all criteria have changed.

In order to buy a handgun and apply for a carry permit in Tennessee, you must be twenty-one or older.

You can get a permit in one of two ways:

  1. You must complete successfully an eight-hour in-class course to acquire an enhanced Handgun Carry Permit. If you already have this, it is still in effect.
  2. Complete a ninety-minute online course given by an approved instructional agency to achieve the new handgun concealed carry permit.

You must be a resident of the state of Tennessee in order to apply for either permit.

If you have a concealed carry permit from another state, Tennessee will acknowledge this permit under the Concealed Carry Reciprocity legislation.

If you are not a Tennessee resident, but you work in Tennessee, you can apply for either permit. Certain restrictions apply. Be sure to check these out so you don’t miss the six-month deadline for applying.

In order to apply for a permit, you must be an American citizen or have permanent residency status.

If you want a concealed carry permit in Tennessee, you cannot be receiving social security disability benefits because you are an alcoholic or you have a drug dependence or a mental disability.

You will not be allowed to apply for a Tennessee concealed carry permit if you have been convicted of a criminal offense or you are currently under indictment for any criminal offense.

If you have been convicted of stalking or domestic abuse you will not qualify for a Tennessee concealed carry permit.

Fugitives from justice and those under any order of protection may not apply for a concealed carry permit.

If you have a substance abuse problem or are in a rehabilitation program or hospitalized for alcohol or drug abuse or addiction, you may not apply for a handgun carry permit.

If you have been convicted of driving under the influence of an intoxicant two or more times anywhere in USA within the past decade, you may not apply for a concealed carry permit.

If you are certified as mentally defective or you have been hospitalized in a mental institution, you cannot apply for a Tennessee concealed carry permit.

Many rules about the new concealed carry are the same. Perhaps one of the biggest differences between the two permits is that the new permit allows you to apply on line. There is no hands-on component. You can complete the instruction and write the test anywhere and anytime from any computer or handheld device.

For more information on online training for the new Tennessee concealed carry permit, click on: