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Take a peek at Tennessee’s concealed carry laws

On Behalf of | Jul 9, 2024 | Firm News

Tennessee’s approach to concealed carry reflects a commitment to the right to bear arms while balancing public safety. As of July 1, 2021, the state has expanded its gun-carry laws to include permitless carry under specific conditions.

Understanding the requirements for carrying a concealed firearm can help you avoid legal trouble. Staying informed can also guide your next steps if you face weapons charges, unwarranted or not.

Permitless carry requirements

Adults in Tennessee can carry a handgun, openly or concealed, without a permit if they are:

  • 21 or older (18 for certain military members)
  • In lawful possession of the weapon
  • Not prohibited from carrying firearms
  • In a location where they have the legal right to be

This is an exception to the general prohibition against carrying firearms with the intent to go armed. It allows eligible individuals to carry handguns in locations not otherwise prohibited or restricted to permit holders only.

Enhanced and concealed carry permits

Despite the permitless carry provision, Tennessee also offers two levels of handgun carry permits: the Concealed Handgun Carry Permit (CHCP) and the Enhanced Handgun Carry Permit (EHCP). 

The CHCP can be obtained by completing a 90-minute online course, while the EHCP requires an 8-hour live training course. The EHCP allows permittees to carry a gun openly or concealed in more locations.

Reciprocity and restrictions

Tennessee honors concealed carry permits from other states. However, certain areas remain off-limits, regardless of where you hail from or whether you have a permit. These include school buildings, federal buildings and courtrooms.

Now that you understand state concealed carry laws, are you in trouble for weapons violations? If so, seek further legal information. This can protect your right to carry firearms and defend you from a worst-case outcome.