The Tennessee Firearms Association was initially formed in 1995 by a group of grassroots activists who were interested in addressing problems with Tennessee’s civilian handgun permit law which had been amended by the Tennessee Legislature in 1994 but which soon proved to have many, many problems in its implementation.
In short time, the Tennessee Firearms Association moved from a group of individuals and was incorporated as a Tennessee not-for-profit corporation. It has continuously maintained its status as a not-for-profit corporation in Tennessee since that time. Its focus was and remained focused restoring government to citizen control and giving full effect to the original intent of the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution as well as to the provisions of the Tennessee Constitution with an emphasis on the 2nd and 10th Amendments to the United States Constitution and Article I, Section 26 of the Tennessee Constitution.
The Tennessee Firearms Association, also pursued and was granted not-for-profit status from the Internal Revenue Service as a Section 501(c)(4) corporation. TFA has continuously maintained its status with the IRS as a not-for-profit corporation.
The Tennessee Firearms Association does not engage in activity that would make it a charity or a charitable organization under any provision of state or federal law, including, but not limited to the provisions of the Tennessee Charitable Solicitations Act. It is not the purpose of the organization to engage in charitable purposes.
The Tennessee Firearms Association is fundamentally a grassroots organization. In the words of John F. Kennedy, the issue is not what TFA can do for you but what can you and others accomplish by working with and through TFA.