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Car carry - a bit more liberty restored in Tennessee

So, you live in Tennessee, but never got a carry permit. You always felt that you did not want the hassle of being fingerprinted, paying for the training required by the State, and paying to exercise a Constitutionally guaranteed right. You have long been aware that other states, such as Kentucky, Georgia, and all other contiguous states except Alabama, did not require a permit to carry a loaded defensive gun in the car.

Maybe you just have been carrying one discreetly all these years when you traveled. You hoped to never need to use a defensive firearm, but knew, also, that Tennessee has an odd twist to its law:

  • a Permit is required, but if you are involved in a justifiable self-defense* gun use without a permit, the law seems to say "no harm, no foul".

Effective today, July 1, carry in a vehicle of a loaded defensive firearm without a permit is the law in Tennessee. The Second Amendment has been restored just a little more. Tennessee joins over twenty states that recognize lawful carry in a vehicle without a permit.

Here’s hoping the local gendarmes get the word and abide by this new law.

As always, when encountering those officers, a little politeness and respect go a long way. Exercise some smarts when putting that hogleg in the car. If you put it with your license and registration, then are stopped for a traffic violation, and the officer asks for “your papers, please,” reaching for those papers could put you in jeopardy. So, be sure and think ahead when securing it in the vehicle.

Winning rights back doesn't ever seem to happen in great steps. We must continue pressing our legislators to fully restore the Second Amendment, even if we have to do it in baby steps.

. . . . And never give in to anyone's gun grabbing schemes!

*see 39-17-1322. Defenses.


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A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. Proverbs 22:3 (NLT)


Disclaimer: The information and ideas presented in this column are provided for informational purposes only. Firearms, like cars, kitchen knives and life itself all can be dangerous. You should get professional training as part of any plan to use firearms for any purpose. I have made a reasonable, good-faith effort to assure that the content of this column is accurate. I have no control over what you do, and specifically accept no responsibility for anything you do as a result of reading my columns. Any action or lack of action on your part is strictly your responsibility.

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