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|Handgun Carry Permit T.C.A. Codes|
|T.C.A. Number||Code Subject|
|39-17-1306||Carrying weapons during judicial proceedings|
|39-17-1307||Unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon|
|39-17-1309||Carrying weapons on school property|
|39-17-1311||Carrying weapons on public parks, playgrounds, civic centers, and other recreational building and grounds|
|39-17-1315||(b) (1): Written directive and permit to carry handguns|
|39-17-1320||Providing handguns to juveniles|
|39-17-1321||Possession of a handgun while under the influence|
|39-17-1351 – 1358||Handgun Carry Permits Note: Since the link references several T.C.A. Numbers, an index page containing the links 1351 – 1358 will appear when selected.|
|39-17-1359||Prohibitions at certain meetings|
|39-17-1360||Rules and regulations|
|Title 62 Chapter 35||Private protective services|
|Title 70 Chapter 4||Miscellaneous regulations|
|70-4-103||Fox hunting – Training of hunting dogs – Penalty|
|70-4-112||Hunting and chasing coons regulated – Training season – Violations, penalties|
|70-4-117||Possession of weapons in areas inhabited by big game – Penalty|
* Some T.C.A. Codes were amended during the 2009 session by the following Public Chapters which may be accessed through the Tennessee Secretary of State’s Web site at http://tnsos.org/acts/PublicActs.106th.php?showall:
Public Chapter 101 – Handgun Information Privacy – This act prohibits the Department of Safety or any department-approved handgun safety course employee from requiring applicant for handgun carry permit to furnish any identifying information concerning any handgun the applicant owns or possesses.
Effective Date: April 27, 2009
Public Chapter 428 – Handguns in Parks – This act permits a resident who has a valid handgun carry permit to possess a handgun while within the boundaries of any park and other similar public places owned and operated by the state, county, or city, excluding certain natural areas, historic parks, nature trails, wildlife management areas. Local governments may elect by a majority resolution of the local legislative body to prohibit gun carry permit holders from possessing handguns in local parks.
Effective Date: Permitting municipalities and counties to enact prohibition ordinances – June 12, 2009 Effective Date: Carrying guns in federal and state parks – June 12, 2009 Effective Date: Carrying guns in municipal or county parks unless prohibited – September 1, 2009
On July 24, 2009, the Attorney General issued Opinion No. 09-129 which, pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1309, prohibits handgun carry permit holders from possessing firearms in public parks during times when the athletic fields or other recreational facilities are actually being used by schools.
Public Chapter 431 – Loaded Rifles and Shotguns in Vehicles – This act allows a person with a handgun carry permit to possess a loaded rifle or loaded shotgun in a privately owned vehicle. The act provides that the weapon cannot have ammunition in the chamber except in the case that an individual permit holder feels physically threatened.
Effective Date: June 12, 2009
Public Chapter 455 – Orders of Protections – This act requires a person against whom an order of protection has been issued to dispose of any firearms within 48 hours through any lawful means. It clarifies that the person may resume possession of firearms once the order of protection is lifted.
Effective Date: July 1, 2009
Public Chapter 606 – Guns in Refuges/Wildlife Areas – This act allows a person with a valid handgun carry permit to possess a firearm in a refuge, public hunting area, wildlife management area, or on national forest land.
Effective Date: July 9, 2009
Qualifications That Must Be Met Before Applying for a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit
- Effective July 1, 2005, all handgun permit applicants seeking a new, renewal or replacement permit must provide proof of U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residency.
- Effective July 1, 2005, Tennessee handgun carry permit law will now allow certain applicants already exempt from complying with firing range provisions of the current statute to also be exempt from any classroom requirements. Those current exceptions are applicants who prove to the department that within five (5) years from the date of application for handgun permit, the applicant has…
- Been certified by the police officer’s standards and training commission, or
- successfully completed training at the law enforcement training academy; or
- successfully completed the firearms training course required for armed security guards; or
- successfully completed all handgun training of not less than four (4) hours as required by any branch of the military.
- Applicants are required to be a resident of the State of Tennessee;
- Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age;
- Applicants shall not have been convicted of any felony offense punishable for a term exceeding one (1) year;
- Applicants shall not currently be under indictment or information for any criminal offense punishable by a term exceeding one (1) year;
- Shall not be currently the subject of any order of protection;
- Shall not be a fugitive from justice;
- Shall not be an unlawful user of or addicted to alcohol or any controlled substance and the applicant has not been a patient in a rehabilitation program or hospitalized for alcohol or controlled substance abuse or addiction within ten (10) years from the date of application;
- The applicant has not been convicted of the offense of driving under the influence of an intoxicant in this or any other State two (2) or more times within ten (10) years from the date of application and that none of such convictions has occurred within five (5) years from the date of application or renewal.
- Shall not have been adjudicated as mental defective; has not been committed to or hospitalized in a mental institution; has not had a court appoint a conservator for the applicant by reason of a mental defect; has not been judicially determined to be disabled by reason of a mental illness, development disability or other mental incapacity; and has not, within seven (7) years from the date of application, been found by a court to pose an immediate substantial likelihood of serious harm, as defined in Title 33, Chapter 6, Part 5, because of mental illness;
- Shall not be an alien illegally or unlawfully in the United States;
- Shall not have been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions (dishonorable discharge, bad conduct discharge or other than honorable discharge Chapter 1340-2-5-.02 (5);
- Having been a citizen of the United States, applicants shall not have renounced their citizenship;
- Shall not have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence as defined in 18 U.S.C.A. 921 (33);
- Shall not be receiving social security disability benefits by reason of alcohol dependence, drug dependence or mental disability; •Shall not have been convicted of the offense of stalking;