Tennessee Gun Laws The state of Tennessee does not necessitate that handguns or
long guns have a state permit before a purchase is made. Long guns and
handguns are also not required to be registered.
Tennessee does not have an assault weapons law for handguns or long
guns nor do owners need to be licensed to possess handguns and long
guns. Permits do not need to be issued to carry long guns, but the
carrying of a loaded long gun is illegal.
HCP allows individuals to carry loaded long guns in motor vehicle when
no rounds are in the chambers. Hunting is an exception to this rule.
Handguns are required to be licensed because Tennessee is a "shall
Government Restrictions Tennessee is considered to be an anomalous state. Through this
certain municipalities and cities allow some laws prior to the eighth
of April 1986 to stand though most local ordinances preempted laws
after this date.
Local governments have the right under Tennessee law 39-17-1359 to post
signs prohibiting the carrying of firearms on government property.
Private land owners also have the right to post signs on their land
prohibiting the carrying of long guns and handguns.
NFA Weapons NFA weapons are not restricted in Tennessee as of the first of
July 2003. The chief law enforcement officer is then required to
administer NFA paperwork within fifteen days, but only if the
individual has not previously been prohibited from possessing long guns
and handguns. All federal rules are observed in Tennessee.
Self-defense Law State law says that self-defense by using a deadly weapon is
lawful under certain circumstances. When an individual has the right to
be located in a vicinity and is acting due to a threatening matter, he
or she has the right to defend him or herself with a deadly weapon. The
aggressor by law must have entered through force into a place of
residence, place of business, personal vehicle, or other personal
Firearms Prohibited Even when an individual has been issued a permit to carry a
concealed weapon, he or she still is not permitted to take the firearm
wherever he or she pleases.
Certain buildings and properties ban firearms through Tennessee law.
Any place that serves alcohol, such as a bar or a restaurant, prohibits
firearms for safety reasons. Firearms are also not permitted in
courthouse proceedings. Firearms are not allowed to be present on
school property, unless an adult has come to collect or leave a student
and the firearm remains untouched in the motor vehicle.
Tennessee Parks The only way that firearms are allowed in public parks is when a
person has an HCP carry through the state of Tennessee, which renders
public parks legal through default. When a school activity is taking
place in the park, firearms are prohibited under all circumstances. All
public parks in the City of Nashville prohibit handguns and long guns.
Buildings may have signs stating the prohibiting of firearms on the
property. For this to be legal the sign needs to be fully visible to