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    May Issue VS Shall Issue: Shall issue

    Issuing Authority: Department of Safety

    Required Training: You must take a handgun safety training course certified by the Department of Safety.

    How to Apply: You may turn in your application to any full service Driver’s Service Center.

    Non-Residents: Non-Residents may apply but they need to work in the state of Tennessee or already have a concealed handgun permit from another state that has similar requirements as Tennessee.

    Renewal: You must renew your permit every 3-7 years based on the applicant’s age, there is also a lifetime permit available as well.

    Processing Time: Up to 90 days.

    Cost: The cost of the permit varies depending on the age of the applicant and the amount of years the permit is being issued for.

    Change of Address: You are required by law to notify the Department of Safety within 60 days of an address change.

    Required to Notify Law Enforcement: No

    Places Off Limits When Carrying:

    Federal restrictions include all Federal Building, National monuments, National memorials, secure areas.

    State Restrictions include:

    Carrying weapons during judicial proceedings. Carrying weapons on school property. Carrying weapons on public parks, playgrounds, civic centers and other public recreational buildings and grounds. Possession of handgun while under influence. Prohibition at certain meetings — Posting notice. Miscellaneous Regulations Fox hunting – Training of hunting dogs – Penalty. Hunting and chasing coons regulated – Training season – Violations, penalties. Possession of weapons in areas inhabited by big game. Establishment of hunting areas, refuges, and wildlife management areas — Prohibited acts. Firearms on Leased Property. Note that handguns are also prohibited at airports, military institutions, and any other building/area prohibited by federal law.

    Private Property Prohibitions: (a) (1) Except as provided in § 39-17-1313, an individual, corporation, business entity or local, state or federal government entity or agent thereof is authorized to prohibit the possession of weapons by any person who is at a meeting conducted by, or on property owned, operated, or managed or under the control of the individual, corporation, business entity or government entity. (2) The prohibition in subdivision (a)(1) shall apply to any person who is authorized to carry a firearm by authority of § 39-17-1351 (b) (1) Notice of the prohibition permitted by subsection (a) shall be accomplished by displaying the notice described in subdivision (b)(3) in prominent locations, including all entrances primarily used by persons entering the property, building, or portion of the property or building where weapon possession is prohibited. The notice shall be plainly visible to the average person entering the building, property, or portion of the building or property, posted. (2) The notice required by this section shall be in English, but a duplicate notice may also be posted in any language used by patrons, customers, or persons who frequent the place where weapon possession is prohibited. (3) (A) A sign shall be used as the method of posting. The sign shall include the phrase “NO FIREARMS ALLOWED”, and the phrase shall measure at least one inch (1″) high and eight inches (8″) wide. The sign shall also include the phrase “As authorized by T.C.A. § 39-17-1359”. (B) The sign shall include a pictorial representation of the phrase “NO FIREARMS ALLOWED” that shall include a red circle with a red diagonal line through the circle and a black image of a firearm inside the red circle under the diagonal line. The entire pictorial representation shall be at least four inches (4″) high and four inches (4″) wide. The diagonal line shall be at a forty-five degree (45°) angle from the upper left to the lower right side of the circle. (C) A building, property or a portion of a building or property, shall be considered properly posted in accordance with this section if one (1) or both of the following is displayed in prominent locations, including all entrances primarily used by persons entering the property, building, or portion of the property 9 or building where weapon possession is prohibited: (4) An individual, corporation, business entity, or government entity that, as of January 1, 2015, used signs to provide notice of the prohibition permitted by subsection (a) shall have until January 1, 2018, to replace existing signs with signs that meet the requirements of subdivision (b)(3). (c) (1) It is an offense to possess a weapon in a building or on property that is properly posted in accordance with this section. (2) Possession of a weapon on posted property in violation of this section is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by fine only of five hundred dollars ($500). (d) Nothing in this section shall be construed to alter, reduce or eliminate any civil or criminal liability that a property owner or manager may have for injuries arising on their property. (e) The provisions of this section shall not apply to title 70 regarding wildlife laws, rules and regulations. (f) This section shall not apply to the grounds of any 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 thereof. The carrying of firearms in those areas shall be governed by § 39-17-1311. HISTORY: Acts 1996, ch. 905, § 11; 2000, ch. 929, § 1; 2009, ch. 428, § 4; 2010, ch. 1009, § 3; 2013, ch. 16, § 2. 2016 Title 39 – Chapt. 17 – Part 13 New Section (Edited for Space Considerations) (a) A person, business, or other entity that owns, controls, or manages property and has the authority to prohibit weapons on that property by posting, pursuant to§ 39-17-1359, shall be immune from civil liability with respect to any claim based on such person’s, business’s, or other entity’s failure to adopt a policy that prohibits weapons on the property by posting pursuant to§ 39-17-1359. (b) Immunity under this subsection (a) does not apply to a person, business, or other entity whose conduct or failure to act is the result of gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct.

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