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When is it illegal to carry a handgun?

Some people who own handguns make the mistake of carrying those weapons at times when it is illegal to do so under Tennessee or federal law. This mistake could result in a damaging criminal record.

Here are answers to commonly asked questions what is legal and what is illegal about carrying handguns in Tennessee.

When is it legal to possess a handgun?

In Tennessee, it is legal to possess a handgun:

  • In your home
  • In your vehicle, as long as the gun is not on your person
  • On your person, if you have a permit to carry in Tennessee or from another state
  • In your checked luggage at an airport, as long as the gun is properly packed

When is it illegal to possess a handgun?

You could be charged with a misdemeanor or felony if you possess a handgun:

  • On your person, whether the handgun is concealed or not, whether you are in a vehicle or not, if you do not have a permit to carry in Tennessee or another state
  • In your carry-on bag in an airport, even if you are a police officer, unless you have been authorized by a government agency to carry a weapon aboard the aircraft
  • Anywhere, if you are a convicted felon, you have a domestic violence conviction, or you are subject to a protection order that bars you from possessing firearms

Given the seriousness of the offense, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney if you are charged with illegal possession of a handgun.

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