Fort Myers, FL asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee

Q: What is meant by the clause "with intent to go armed" in Tennessee carry law pertaining to firearms and knives?

I am travelling to TN from Florida. I hold a Concealed Weapon Permit and will be traveling with a firearm. I have looked up all restrictions and regulations for all states that I will be passing through. Georgia and South Carolina were very easy to interpreting the law and the reciprocation of my FL CWP. The "intent to go armed" is extremely confusing and feels out of place in a law that allows carry of a weapon. The whole point is to go armed for self defense weather it is a firearm or knife. My question is, will I be committing a crime carrying a firearm in Tennessee well within the law (holding a valid excepted permit from a reciprocating state) due to the "intent to go armed" wording?

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Marcus Lipham
Marcus Lipham
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Jackson, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: “Intent to go armed” references the mens rea or mental state the government must prove along with the act to convict someone of a crime. Technically I guess everyone with a permit has that intent, of course it’s lawful with a permit. I think you’re good as long as your Florida permit is valid. The poss. of a deadly weapon statute should not apply to you.

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