New bill makes concealed handgun carry permit more affordable


Tennessee Senate Bill 705, which goes into effect January 1, 2020, has updated handgun carry permit laws.

The new bill essentially provides two ways in which handgun owners can legally carry their firearms—either with an “enhanced handgun carry permit” or “concealed handgun carry permit.”

The enhanced handgun carry permit is essentially the same as previous gun carry laws. The concealed handgun carry permit, which only applies to concealed carrying and does not allow carrying on higher education campuses, is a more affordable and accessible option for handgun owners.

Applicants for the concealed handgun carry permit must be 21 years of age and pass a background check. The permit application is just $65 compared to the $100 application fee for the enhanced carry permit.

The concealed handgun carry permit also provides new options for obtaining the permit other than the traditional courses required. To obtain the concealed permit, applicants can complete a hunter education safety course or other firearms training courses approved by the Tennessee Department of Safety. Some of these options include free online classes.


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