Tennessee Gun Laws

(Updated: June 22, 2021)

Overview Of Tennessee Concealed Carry Laws

Issuing Status:Shall Issue
Inform Law Enforcement:No
Honors Other States Permits:Yes
Issues Non Resident Permits:Yes
Prohibited Locations:
  • Non-permit holds NOT allowed to open carry
  • Judicial proceeding rooms
  • Public/ private school/ college/ university buildings/ property/ events/ buses
  • Civic centers
  • Municipal/ county/ state government recreational property
  • Penal institutions
  • Land Between The Lakes Recreational Area (except for hunting)
  • TVA property (except for hunting)
*No Guns* Signs Force Of Law:Yes
Store In Vehicle:Yes
Allowed In State Parks:Yes
Allowed In National Parks:Yes
Allowed In Game Management Units:
Allowed In Wildlife Management Areas:Yes
Allowed At Road Rest Areas:Yes
Allowed In Restaurants Where Alcohol Served:Yes
States Honoring Tennessee PermitAlaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming
Open Carry Allowed:Yes

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Tennessee Pistol Permit News

(Apr. 24, 2015) Governor signs bill allowing guns in all parks: Republican Gov. Bill Haslam signed legislation preventing local governments in TN from barring people with handgun carry permits from taking firearms to playgrounds, sports fields, and parks. Some say the final version is still confusing due to a provision banning guns "within the immediate vicinity" of school activities, but not defining a specific distance.
(July 1, 2014) New law allows gun owners to keep loaded firearms in vehicle: Gun owners may now legally keep loaded firearms in their vehicles even if they don't have a state-issued handgun carry permit. People who are legally able to possess a gun under state and federal law can keep a loaded handgun, shotgun or rifle in a car or truck they legally possess. The new law does not allow those without permits to carry loaded firearms outside their vehicle on streets or in businesses as permit holders can do.