On May 29, the Governor signed SB 705 into law which creates a two tier carry permit system. The law, which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, creates a new concealed handgun carry permit which requires the handgun be carried concealed and redesignates the existing permit as an enhanced handgun carry permit, which allows residents to carry openly or concealed.
The new concealed handgun carry permit is cheaper and requires no live-firearm training, but it can be carried in fewer public places. As of Jan. 1, concealed handgun carry permits will require the applicant to:
Concealed handgun carry permit holders will not be allowed to carry in the locations covered by Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1311 which includes public park, natural area, historic park, nature trail, campground, forest, greenway, waterway, or other similar public place that is owned or operated by the state, a county, a municipality, or instrumentality of the state, a county, or municipality.
Those who wish to obtain an enhanced carry permit may carry the gun openly or concealed to more places but must still take an 8-hour live training course from certified instructors, undergo a criminal background check and pay a $100 permit fee.
An applicant must: