top of page

TN Handgun Permit

Yes, You Need A TN Handgun Permit

Every day, the instructors here at Waypoint Defensive meet more people that think TN residents can open carry in public or conceal carry without a permit.  This is incorrect. In Tennessee, you are required to have a permit to open or conceal carry a firearm.

This largely became a problem as Tennessee legislation attempted to champion "permitless carry".  This proposed law would have allowed Tennessee residents to carry firearms without the need for the current permit system -- unless they wanted reciprocity.  Governor Lee endorsed this proposed legislation and the local media spread the news far and wide...

However, the legislation required both the House and Senate to approve its passage. The Governor's endorsed bill and the other variations of the bill did not make it past subcommittee vote in either the House or the Senate.  Since none of the proposed bills received the appropriate number of votes... and then were never signed by the Governor, they did NOT become law. A TN handgun permit remains necessary.

Still, we have a LOT of people who still believe that Tennessee became a permitless carry state.  Or that you can 'open carry' in public in Tennessee without a permit.  These two ideas are incorrect. If you want to carry a handgun, you will still need a TN handgun permit.

Fortunately, taking your handgun permit course and becoming a responsible gun owner is easy and convenient with the help of Waypoint Defensive. Our online handgun permit TN course is approved by the Tennessee Department of Safety, and is both time and cost-effective compared to other options. If you’re looking to get your online handgun permit in TN, there’s no better choice.

bottom of page