Tennessee Law

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.)

An official copy of the T.C.A. and can be directly accessed and reviewed by going to: http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/tncode/

STEPS:

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)


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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.

39-17-1301
Part definitions.
39-17-1302
Prohibited weapons.
39-17-1303
Unlawful sale, loan or gift of firearm.
39-17-1304
Restrictions on firearm ammunition.
39-17-1305
Possession of firearm where alcoholic beverages are served. [Repealed.]

39-17-1306

Carrying weapons during judicial  proceedings.

39-17-1307

Unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon.

39-17-1308

Defenses to unlawful possession or carrying of a weapon.
39-17-1309
Carrying weapons on school property.

39-17-1310

Affirmative defense to carrying weapons on school property.

39-17-1311
Carrying weapons on public parks, playgrounds, civic centers and other public recreational buildings and grounds.
39-17-1312
Inaction by persons eighteen (18) years of age or older, including parents or guardians, knowing a minor or student illegally possesses a firearm.
39-17-1313
Transporting and storing a firearm or firearm ammunition in permit holder's motor vehicle.
39-17-1314
Local regulation of firearms and ammunition preempted by state regulation – Actions against firearms or ammunition manufacturers, trade associations or dealers.
39-17-1315
Written directive and permit to carry handguns.
39-17-1316
Sales of dangerous weapons – Certification of purchaser – Exceptions – Licensing of dealers – Definitions.
39-17-1317
Confiscation and disposition of confiscated weapons.
39-17-1318
New serial numbers for confiscated firearms.
39-17-1319
Handgun possession prohibited – Exceptions.
39-17-1320
Providing handguns to juveniles – Penalties.
39-17-1321
Possession of handgun while under influence – Penalty.
39-17-1322
Defenses.
39-17-1323
Commission of certain offenses while wearing a body vest.
39-17-1324
Offense of possessing a firearm during commission or attempt to commit dangerous felony.
39-17-1325—
39-17-1349
[Reserved.]
39-17-1350
Law enforcement officers permitted to carry firearms – Exceptions –  Restrictions – Identification card for corrections officers.
39-17-1351
Handgun carry permits.
39-17-1352
Suspension or revocation of license.
39-17-1353
Review of revocation or suspension.
39-17-1354
Judicial review of department determination.
39-17-1355
Applicability of Uniform Administrative Procedures Act.
39-17-1356
Duplicate permits.
39-17-1357
Notice of address change.
39-17-1358
Retention of records – Violations.
39-17-1359
Prohibition at certain meetings – Posting notice.
39-17-1360
Rules and regulations.
39-17-1361
Chief law enforcement officer's certification for transfer or making of firearm.
Tennessee’s Self-Defense law

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

Sec.

39-11-601
Justification a defense.
39-11-602
Justification definitions.
39-11-603
Confinement as justifiable force.
39-11-604
Reckless injury of innocent third person.
39-11-605
Civil remedies unaffected.
39-11-606—
39-11-608
[Reserved.]
39-11-609
Necessity.
39-11-610

Public duty.

39-11-611
Self-defense.
39-11-612
Defense of third person.
39-11-613
Protection of life or health.
39-11-614
Protection of property.
39-11-615
Protection of third person’s property.
39-11-616

Use of device to protect property.

39-11-617— 
39-11-619
[Reserved.]
39-11-620

Use of deadly force by a law enforcement.

39-11-621
Use of deadly force by private citizen.
39-11-622

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  

Tennessee’s  Wildlife Resources, Miscellaneous, Hunting and Fishing, laws are contained in 70-4-101 to 70-4-132

70-4-103

Fox hunting - Training of hunting dogs - Penalty. 
70-4-112

Hunting and chasing coons regulated - Training season - Violations - Penalties. 

70-4-117

Possession of weapons in areas inhabited by big game - Penalty.