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Where am I forbidden to carry my firearm as a permit holder in Tennessee?

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There are basically 5 places that are off limits by TN law for those with a <ACRONYM title="Handgun Carry Permit">HCP</ACRONYM> to carry.

*Click the Michie's Legal Resources link and look up the code number to see the actual law for any possible exceptions or specifics

  • In any room where a judicial proceeding is taking place. (39-17-1306)
  • Schools. (39-17-1309 and 39-17-1310)
  • Some local public Parks and recreational property. (39-17-1311) See this thread (Not a complete list)
  • Any Penal Institution (39-16-201)
  • Any place with a properly posted sign per 39-17-1359

You can see all the TN Laws at Michie's Legal Resources Weapons laws can be found under Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13

You can see a list of member reported posted locations here Carry Prohibited Locations

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Public Chapter 1009 see http://state.tn.us/sos/acts/106/pub/pc1009.pdf effective June 4, 2010 ammended T.C.A. 39-17-1359.

39-17-1359 Prohibition at certain meetings — Posting notice.

(a)(1) An individual, corporation, business entity or local, state or federal government entity or agent thereof is authorized to prohibit the possession of weapons by any person who is at a meeting conducted by, or on property owned, operated, or managed or under the control of the individual, corporation, business entity or government entity.

The prohibition in subdivision (1) shall apply to any person who
is authorized to carry a firearm by authority of § 39-17-1351.

(:screwy:(1) Notice of the prohibition permitted by subsection (a) shall be accomplished by displaying one (1) or both of the notices described in subdivision (3) in prominent locations, including all entrances primarily used by persons entering the property, building, or portion of the property or building where weapon possession is prohibited. Either form of notice used shall be of a size that is plainly visible to the average person entering the building, property, or portion of the building or property, posted.

The notice required by this section shall be in English, but a
duplicate notice may also be posted in any language used by patrons,
customers or persons who frequent the place where weapon possession
is prohibited.

If a sign is used as the method of posting, it shall contain
language substantially similar to the following:


As used in this section, "language substantially similar
to" means the sign contains language plainly stating that:

The property is posted under authority of
Tennessee law;

Weapons or firearms are prohibited on the
property, in the building, or on the portion of the property or
building that is posted; and

Possessing a weapon in an area that has been posted is a criminal offense.

A building, property or a portion of a building or
property, shall be considered properly posted in accordance with
this section if one (1) or both of the following is displayed in
prominent locations, including all entrances primarily used by
persons entering the property, building, or portion of the property
or building where weapon possession is prohibited:

The international circle and slash symbolizing the prohibition of the item within the circle; or

The posting sign described in this subdivision

©(1) It is an offense to possess a weapon in a building or on property that is properly posted in accordance with this section.

Possession of a weapon on posted property in violation of this
section is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by fine only of five hundred
dollars ($500).

(d) Nothing in this section shall be construed to alter, reduce or eliminate any civil or criminal liability that a property owner or manager may have for injuries arising on their property.

(e) The provisions of this section shall not apply to Title 70 regarding wildlife laws, rules and regulations.

(f) This section shall not apply to the grounds of any public park, natural area, historic park, nature trail, campground, forest, greenway, waterway or other similar public place that is owned or operated by the state, a county, a municipality or instrumentality thereof. The carrying of firearms in those areas shall be governed by § 39-17-1311.

The above supercedes what is in the free online version of

Michie's Legal Resources This post will be removed once the update is made.

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