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Overview for Tennessee

Tennessee does not require a permit to purchase a firearm. However, when buying a firearm the customer has to provide a current ID and their information for the dealer, so they can fill out the background check forms. There may be a $10 fee associated with the background check depending on the location. There may be a $5 fee for finger printing, which is required for new applicants.

A person leading a meeting can ban firearms from being there by posting highly visible signs on every entrance to the meeting place banning the possession of firearms.

Permit to PurchaseDetails
Open CarryDetails
Concealed CarryDetails
State Preemption of Local RestrictionsDetails
Firearm RegistrationDetails
Owner LicenseDetails

Law Long-guns Handguns
Permit to Purchase No No
Open Carry Yes Yes
Concealed Carry No Yes
State Preemption of Local Restrictions Yes Yes
Firearm Registration No No
Owner License No No

The Concealed Carry Permit

(often encompasses the open carry permit)

Official Concealed Carry page for Tennessee.

Tennessee Concealed Carry Reciprocity

Tennessee Magazine Capacity


Does Tennessee have a gun buy back program?

Yes, Tennessee has a gun buy back program.

Does Tennessee have an inheritance gun law?

Tennessee does not have an inheritance gun law.

Tennessee FAQ

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