Clarksville, TN asked in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and Federal Crimes for Tennessee

Q: Can a lawful conceal carry permit holder carry their firearm loaded?

1 Lawyer Answer
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: In Tennessee we have "Handgun Carry Permits", not concealed carry permits. But yes, you can carry your weapon loaded with ammunition, including in the chamber, as long as you have a Handgun Carry Permit. Possession of the weapon can be open or concealed. The possible issue has to do with carrying long firearms, which most HCP holders also carry loaded in their vehicles. To my knowledge there has not been a problem. If your HCP is not current, carry the unloaded firearm separate from all ammunition, preferably locked in the trunk.

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