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Gun Rights: What You Should Know About Weapons Charges

The State of Tennessee allows adults to purchase and openly carry a gun without a license. However, you must obtain a concealed handgun license to carry a gun that is concealed. Concealed is construed as carrying a gun in your car or on your body.

To obtain a concealed handgun license, you must apply with the city or town where you live. Your local licensing authorities have the discretion to determine whether or not to issue you either (or any) permit.

To qualify, you must:

  • be at least 21 years;
  • be qualified to possess a firearm under federal law;
  • be a Tennessee resident;
  • be a United States citizen or permanent lawful resident;
  • submit fingerprints, photo identification;
  • submit proof of successful completion of an approved handgun safety course;
  • and submit a processing fee.

It is important to note that there are may be many additional restrictions or rules from town to
town, county to county or in any varying jurisdiction you may happen to visit in Tennessee or
other states. Also, it is important to know that it is illegal to carry a loaded concealed weapon in
Tennessee without a concealed permit.


Penalties for a first violation include a fine of up to $500, up to 30 days in jail, or both. A second or subsequent violation incurs a fine of up to $500, up to six months in jail, or both. There is also mandatory forfeiture of your weapon.

If you have any questions about whether you are allowed to carry a gun in Tennessee, or if you are facing charges for a gun permit violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.  Contact Sherwood Boutique Litigation at (615) 873-5670.

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