State Gun Laws - Tennessee - Saul Roth

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By Saul Roth

Here’s an overview of gun laws in the state of Tennessee. Please note that laws can change over time, so it’s always a good idea to consult the most current and official sources or legal professionals for the most up-to-date information.

Permits and Licensing:

1. Tennessee does not require a permit or license to purchase rifles, shotguns, or handguns.

Firearm Purchase and Transfers:

1. Tennessee does not require a background check for private sales or transfers of firearms between private individuals.

2. However, a background check is required for all sales or transfers of handguns conducted by licensed firearms dealers. The background check is conducted through the Tennessee Instant Check System (TICS).

Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Magazines:

1. Tennessee does not have a specific ban on assault weapons or high-capacity magazines.

Safe Storage and Reporting:

1. Tennessee does not have specific laws regarding the safe storage of firearms. However, it is generally recommended to store firearms in a safe and secure manner to prevent unauthorized access.

2. There is no specific requirement to report the loss or theft of a firearm in Tennessee, but it is advisable to report such incidents to local law enforcement.

Carrying Firearms:

1. Tennessee is a “shall-issue” state for both open carry and concealed carry permits.

2. Open carry of firearms is generally allowed in Tennessee without a permit, except in certain restricted areas such as schools, government buildings, and private property where firearms are prohibited.

3. Tennessee issues handgun carry permits to qualified individuals who wish to carry concealed handguns. The permit allows both open and concealed carry of handguns.

Stand Your Ground Law:

1. Tennessee has a “Stand Your Ground” law, which allows individuals to use force, including deadly force, if they reasonably believe it is necessary to protect themselves or others from imminent harm or the commission of a violent crime. There is no duty to retreat in such circumstances.

It’s important to consult the official Tennessee Code Annotated or seek legal advice to obtain comprehensive and up-to-date information on the specific provisions and requirements of Tennessee’s gun laws.