As a gun owner and carry permit holder, it's your responsibility to know the law and how it applies to you. Below you will see a list of both weapons and self-defense laws that you should review regularly and seek professional legal guidance (Tennessee licensed attorney). An official online copy of the law should only be reviewed through LexisNexis. LexisNexis currently hold the state contract for maintaining the official copy of the the law.
NOTE: Due to the lack of functionality within LexisNexis, please read our Steps on how to best use their site. Tennessee Firearm Laws are not all located in the same sections of the Tennessee Code Annotated (T.C.A.)
Please read all steps before you begin.
Step 1: Click on the link to LexisNexis and in the search box, type or paste the code you would like to review and then click search. (example: 39-17-1301)
Step 2: Once you have reviewed the current Code, you can type the next Code, you would like to review in the search box or if you're unsure what Code you would like to review, you can return to Tennessee Academy of Firearms by using the tab located at the top left of your browser.
Step 3: Once you have decided on a Code to review, you can copy the code and return to LexisNexis, by using the tab at the top left of your browser. Paste the code in the search box and click search.
Tennessee's Weapons (handgun permit) law
The handgun permit law is contained in Sections 39-17-1301 to 39-17-1361 Part 13 – Weapons Section.
Carrying weapons during judicial proceedings.
Unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon.
Affirmative defense to carrying weapons on school property.
Tennessee’s self-defense laws are contained in 39-11-601 to 39-11-622 which have the following Section titles:
Part 6—Justification Excluding Criminal Responsibility
Use of device to protect property.
Use of deadly force by a law enforcement.
Justification for use of force – Exceptions – Immunity from civil liability.
Private Protective Services
Tennessee’s Private Protective Services Licensing and Regulatory Act 42, laws are contained in 62-35-101 to 62-35-142
Wildlife Resources, Miscellaneous, Hunting and Fishing
Hunting and chasing coons regulated - Training season - Violations - Penalties.
Possession of weapons in areas inhabited by big game - Penalty.