Reciprocity

Tennessee’s Reciprocity Law is Tennessee Code Annotated Section 39-17-1351(r).

Generally, Tennessee now recognizes handgun carry permits issued by any state.  Tennessee law requires the Commissioner of Safety to enter into reciprocity agreements with states that require such agreements as a condition of reciprocity in favor of Tennessee handgun permit holders.

Although Tennessee generally does not issue non-resident permits, note the limited exception to that rule for non-resident individuals who work in Tennessee on a “regular basis.”

T.C.A. Section 39-17-1351(r) provides:

(r)  (1)  A facially valid handgun permit, firearms permit, weapons permit or license issued by another state shall be valid in this state according to its terms and shall be treated as if it is a handgun permit issued by this state; provided, however, the provisions of this subsection (r) shall not be construed to authorize the holder of any out-of-state permit or license to carry, in this state, any firearm or weapon other than a handgun.

(2)  For a person to lawfully carry a handgun in this state based upon a permit or license issued in another state, the person must be in possession of the permit or license at all times the person carries a handgun in this state.

(3)  (A)  The commissioner of safety shall enter into written reciprocity agreements with other states that require the execution of the agreements. The commissioner of safety shall prepare and publicly publish a current list of states honoring permits issued by the state of Tennessee and shall make the list available to anyone upon request. The commissioner of safety shall also prepare and publicly publish a current list of states who, after inquiry by the commissioner, refuse to enter into a reciprocity agreement with this state or honor handgun carry permits issued by this state. To the extent that any state may impose conditions in the reciprocity agreements, the commissioner of safety shall publish those conditions as part of the list. If another state imposes conditions on Tennessee permit holders in a reciprocity agreement, the conditions shall also become a part of the agreement and apply to the other state’s permit holders when they carry a handgun in this state.

(B)  If a person with a handgun permit from another state decides to become a resident of Tennessee, the person must obtain a Tennessee handgun permit within six (6) months of establishing residency in Tennessee. The permit may be issued based on the person having a permit from another state provided the other state has substantially similar permit eligibility requirements as this state. However, if during the six-month period the person applies for a handgun permit in this state and the application is denied, the person shall not be allowed to carry a handgun in this state based upon the other state’s permit.

(C)  (i)  If a person who is a resident of and handgun permit holder in another state is employed in this state on a regular basis and desires to carry a handgun in this state, the person shall have six (6) months from the last day of the sixth month of regular employment in this state to obtain a Tennessee handgun carry permit. The permit may be issued based on the person having a permit from another state provided the other state has substantially similar permit eligibility requirements as this state. However, if during the six-month period the person applies for a handgun permit in this state and the application is denied, the person shall not be allowed to carry a handgun in this state based upon the other state’s permit.
(ii)  The provisions of this subdivision (r)(3)(C) shall not apply if the state of residence of the person employed in Tennessee has entered into a handgun permit reciprocity agreement with this state pursuant to this subsection (r).
(iii)  As used in this subdivision (r)(3)(C), “employed in this state on a regular basis” means a person has been gainfully employed in this state for at least thirty (30) hours a week for six (6) consecutive months not counting any absence from employment caused by the employee’s use of sick leave, annual leave, administrative leave or compensatory time.

Under the statute, the Commissioner of Safety is required to prepare and publish a list of reciprocity states.  Apparently, one of the few places that information is published is on the Department of Safety’s own web site.

The following information was obtained the the Department of Safety’s website as of January 17,2015:

1.  Tennessee now recognizes a facially valid handgun permit, firearms permit, weapons permit, or a license issued by another state according to its terms, and will, therefore, authorize the holder of such out-of-state permit or license to carry a handgun only in the state of Tennessee.

2.  The person must be in possession of the permit or license at all times such person carries a handgun in Tennessee.

3.  Tennessee will enter into written reciprocity agreements with other states that require the execution of such agreements.

4.  If a person with a handgun permit from another state decides to become a resident of Tennessee, such person must obtain a Tennessee handgun permit within six (6) months of establishing residency in Tennessee.

a.  All applicants, regardless of permits issued by another state will be processed as originals. The applicant must be twenty-one (21), take a DOS approved handgun safety course, complete the Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit application, provide proof of U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residency, pay one hundred and fifteen dollar ($115.00) fee, and be fingerprinted.
b.  Licensing requirements are not included in the reciprocity agreements between states. The mutual recognition of handgun possession privileges between states has not changed and is listed on this website.
c.  A facially valid handgun permit, firearms permit, weapons permit or license issued by another state shall be valid in this state according to its terms and shall be treated as if it is a handgun permit issued by this state; provided, however, the provisions of this subsection (r) shall not be construed to authorize the holder of any out-of-state permit or license to carry, in this state, any firearm or weapon other than a handgun.

 

States Recognizing TN Permits

* Indicates the state has a formal reciprocity agreement with Tennessee

(Note: Persons with a valid Tennessee Handgun Carry permit should contact any state for information on carrying such handgun prior to entering the state.)

State Carry Permit Reciprocity Information
Alaska* http://dps.alaska.gov/statewide/PermitsLicensing/reciprocity.aspx
Arizona* http://www.azdps.gov/Services/Concealed_Weapons/Reciprocity/
Arkansas* http://asp.arkansas.gov/services-and-programs/detail/concealed-handgun-licensing
Colorado https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cbi/chpreciprocity
Delaware http://www.attorneygeneral.delaware.gov/criminal/concealedweapons.shtml
Florida* http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Licensing/Concealed-Weapon-License/States-Recognizing-Florida-License
Georgia* http://dps.georgia.gov/georgias-firearm-permit-reciprocity
Idaho http://www.ag.idaho.gov/concealedWeapons/concealedWeapons_index.html#Do%20I%20have
%20to%20take%20any%20classes%20to%20obtain%20a%20concealed%20weapons%20permit%20in%20Idaho
Indiana http://iot.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2190/kw/ISP%20Firearms/related/1
Iowa https://www.legis.iowa.gov/DOCS/ACO/IC/LINC/Chapter.724.pdf
Kansas http://ag.ks.gov/public-safety/concealedcarry/out-of-state-license-recognition
Kentucky* http://kentuckystatepolice.org/ccdw/reciprocity.html
Louisiana* http://www.lsp.org/handguns.html#recip
Michigan* http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,1607,7-123-1591_3503_4654-10957–,00.html
Minnesota https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/bca/bca-divisions/administrative/Pages/permit-to-carry-reciprocity.aspx
Mississippi* http://www.dps.state.ms.us/firearms/firearms-permit-unit/firearms-permits-faqs/
Missouri http://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/nhsp/ssb/permitslicensing/plupr.html
Montana https://dojmt.gov/enforcement/concealed-weapons/
Nebraska https://statepatrol.nebraska.gov/media/10076/recognitionofconcealedhandgunpermits.pdf
Nevada http://www.nvrepository.state.nv.us/ccw_changes.shtml
New Hampshire* http://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/nhsp/ssb/permitslicensing/plupr.html
New Mexico* http://www.dps.state.nm.us/index.php/nm-concealed-carry/reciprocity-agreeements/
North Carolina* http://www.ncdoj.gov/About-DOJ/Law-Enforcement-Training-and-Standards/Law-Enforcement-Liason/Concealed-Weapon-Reciprocity.aspx
North Dakota http://www.ag.nd.gov/BCI/CW/reciprocity.htm
Oklahoma http://www.ok.gov/osbi/Handgun_Licensing/Frequently_Asked_Questions/index.html#Q18
Ohio* http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Law-Enforcement/Concealed-Carry/Concealed-Carry-Reciprocity-Agreements
Pennsylvania* https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/Media_and_Resources/Firearm_Reciprocity_Agreements/
South Carolina* http://www.sled.sc.gov/Reciprocity1.aspx?MenuID=CWP
South Dakota* https://sdsos.gov/services-for-individuals/concealed-pistol-permits/reciprocity-agreements.aspx
Texas* http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/RSD/CHL/Legal/Reciprocity/index.htm#
Utah http://publicsafety.utah.gov/bci/FAQother.html
Vermont http://ago.vermont.gov/divisions/criminal-division/gun-laws.php
Virginia* http://www.vsp.state.va.us/Firearms_Reciprocity.shtm
Washington* http://www.atg.wa.gov/ConcealedWeapons/Reciprocity.aspx#.VOQgTfnF98E
West Virginia* http://www.ago.wv.gov/gunreciprocity/Pages/default.aspx
Wisconsin http://www.doj.state.wi.us/dles/cib/conceal-carry/reciprocity
Wyoming* http://wyomingdci.wyo.gov/dci-criminal-justice-information-systems-section/concealed-firearms-permits/cfp-faq

 

States Not Recognizing TN Permits

California http://oag.ca.gov/firearms/pubfaqs#10
Connecticut http://www.ct.gov/despp/cwp/view.asp?a=4213&q=494620
Hawaii https://portal.ehawaii.gov/
Illinois https://www.ccl4illinois.com/ccw/Public/Faq.aspx
Maine http://www.maine.gov/dps/msp/licenses/weapons_permits.html
Maryland https://www.mdsp.org/Organization/SupportServicesBureau/LicensingDivision/MainLicensingPage/LicensingandRegistration/Firearms.aspx
Massachusetts http://www.mass.gov/eopss/docs/chsb/firearms/non-resident-application-2013.pdf
New Jersey http://www.njsp.org/about/firearms.html
New York http://troopers.ny.gov/firearms/
Oregon http://licenseinfo.oregon.gov/?fuseaction=license_seng&link_item_id=14705/
Rhode Island http://www.riag.ri.gov/index.php