Passed by Congress September 25, 1789. Ratified December 15, 1791. The first 10 amendments form the Bill of Rights
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
But what does this all mean?
The Constitution of The United States places restrictions on the government to protect the rights of The People.
Who is the militia? The militia is every able-bodied citizen of the United States.
What is well regulated? Well regulated means well trained. The freedom of carrying weapons come with the responsibility to train. You cannot expect to exercise this right without doing your part. You have to learn and train.
Do I need a Carry Permit?
As of July 1, 2021 you do not need a carry permit to carry in the state of Tennessee. Knowing the Tennessee carry laws will still be your responsibility, however.
Because Tennessee's Constitutional Carry is not TRUE Constitutional Carry, you can still be arrested for lawfully carrying in Tennessee until law enforcement can determine you are actually permitted to carry. The main problem with Tennessee's gun laws are the foundation that it is illegal to carry with the intent to go armed. It is illegal to be armed in public and permits as well as "Constitutional Carry" are carved out examples to the law. So at this time it is still better to be permitted rather than carrying without a permit. We are hoping this changes soon and are lobbying to fix the gun laws in Tennessee.
We have posted a list below of permitless carry states you may be able to carry in without a permit. This list is current as of April 16, 2021. It is your responsibility to confirm laws of the state you will be carrying in. If the state you wish to visit is not on this list, check the page that has reciprocity with Tennessee. If it is on that list, you may want to get your carry permit.
Taking this carry permit class does not mean you have to apply for a permit but it does certify you to apply for the permit.
What states can you carry in if you do not have a Tennessee permit?
If you do not have a Tennessee carry permit, you can carry in other states with permitless carry as long as they permit non-residents to carry.
Iowa (as of July 1, 2021)
North Dakota (residents only and concealed carry only)
Tennessee (as of July 1, 2021)
Utah (as of May 5, 2021 for concealed carry only)
Wyoming (for open carry and concealed carry for residents only. Concealed carry will be legal for all legal U.S. residents as of July 1, 2021.)