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The Tennessee CCP


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:

  • Apply in person;
  • Provide proof of identity and residency;
  • Provide fingerprints:
  • Have a photograph taken;
  • Provide  Proof of demonstrated competence with a handgun by a training or safety  course (an minimum 90 minute online course will be made available)  taken within 1 year of application; and
  •  Must fill out CCP Proof of Training form to submit along with training proof 
  • Pay the $65 fee.

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.

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An applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years old;
  • Have completed an approved firearms safety course within the last 12 months;
  • Be a resident of the state of Tennessee;
  • Be a U.S. citizen or have permanent residency;
  • Not be receiving social security disability benefits by reason of alcohol dependence, drug dependence or mental disability;
  • Not  have been convicted of a criminal offense or is currently under  indictment or information for any criminal offense that is designated as  a felony, or that is a disqualifying misdemeanor for driving under the  influence, stalking, or domestic violence;
  • Not have been convicted of stalking;
  • Not be subject to any order of protection;
  • Not be a fugitive from justice;
  • Not  be an unlawful user of, or addicted to, alcohol or any controlled  substance, and the applicant has not been a patient in a rehabilitation  program or hospitalized for alcohol or controlled substance abuse or  addiction within 10 years from the date of application;
  • Not have  been convicted of the offense of driving under the influence of an  intoxicant in this or any other state two or more times within 10 years  from the date of application and that none of such convictions has  occurred within 5 years from the date of application or renewal;
  • Not  have been adjudicated as mentally defective; not have been committed to  or hospitalized in a mental institution; not have had a court appoint a  conservator for the applicant by reason of a mental defect; have not  been judicially determined to be disabled by reason of a mental illness,  development disability or other mental incapacity; and have not, within  7 years from the date of application, been found by a court to pose an  immediate substantial likelihood of serious harm because of mental  illness; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.