Tennessee prohibits the possession of a firearm “with the intent to go armed.”1 Persons with handgun carry permits are exempt, and may carry loaded handguns openly.2 The state also allows possession of an unloaded rifle, shotgun or handgun on or about the person where the ammunition for such weapon is not in the immediate vicinity of the person or the weapon.3

See our Open Carrying policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

  1. Tenn. Code § 39-17-1307(a)(1). ⤴︎
  2. Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1308(a)(2). ⤴︎
  3. Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1308(a)(1). ⤴︎