In Tennessee, a license is required to carry a loaded handgun either openly or concealed. According to Article I, Section 26 of the Tennessee State Constitution, “The citizens of this state have a right to keep and to bear arms for their common defense; but the Legislature shall have power, by law, to regulate the wearing of arms with a view to preventing crime.” Keep in mind that permits are issued through the Department of Safety to qualified residents who are at least 21 years of age. If the applicant is active duty, reservist, guardsman, or honorably discharged, the age drops to 18. Note that the state recognizes any valid, out-of-state permit for carrying a handgun as long as he or she is not a resident of Tennessee.

As far as handguns are concerned, Tennessee requires a permit to carry a firearm, whether openly or concealed. Per. Tenn. Code Ann. 39-17-1351 r.(1) “a facially valid handgun permit, firearms permit, weapons permit or license issued by another state shall be valid in this state [Tennessee] according to its terms and shall be treated as if it is a handgun permit issued by the state.”

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