Lee Signs Legislation Allowing Qualified Residents To Carry A Handgun Without Permit

Carrying A Handgun Without A Permit In Tennessee Is Now Law After Gov. Bill Lee Signed Legislation Thursday To Allow It. 

Tennessee Capitol Building in Nashville

Photo: Gov. Bill Lee, flanked by House Majority Leader William Lamberth, signs legislation into law Thursday, April 8, 2021, allowing for carrying a handgun without a permit in Tennessee.

Photo Credit: Governor Bill Lee / Facebook

Published April 9, 2021

The Center Square [By Jason Schaumburg] –

Carrying a handgun without a permit in Tennessee is now law after Gov. Bill Lee signed legislation Thursday to allow it.

Lee announced on social media he had signed Senate Bill 765.

Source: Gov. Bill Lee / Facebook

“I signed constitutional carry today because it shouldn’t be hard for law-abiding Tennesseans to exercise their [Second Amendment] rights,” Lee posted. “Thank you members of the General Assembly and NRA for helping get this done.”

The law allows a gun owner to carry an open or concealed handgun without a permit if the gun owner meets the qualifications for an enhanced handgun carry permit, lawfully possesses the handgun and is in a place the gun owners had a right to be. Gun owners are not required to receive gun safety training to carry.

The law makes it a Class B misdemeanor for a person to carry a handgun who has been convicted of stalking, aggravated stalking or especially aggravated stalking. It also makes it a Class B misdemeanor to carry if a person was convicted of two or more DUIs within the past 10 years or one within the past five years.

The bill was opposed by most Tennessee law enforcement, including the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The Tennessee General Assembly Fiscal Review Committee estimated the bill would result in a loss of about $2.6 million a year in handgun permit revenue for the state.

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Jason Schaumburg, The Center Square Managing Editor

Jason Schaumburg is an award-winning, veteran editor who has been a journalist for more than 20 years. He spent a decade as the top editor in three northern Illinois newsrooms for Shaw Media and Pioneer Press.

10 thoughts on “Lee Signs Legislation Allowing Qualified Residents To Carry A Handgun Without Permit

  • April 9, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    excellent job gov.

  • April 9, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    What exactly are those qualifications mentioned? Thanks for your support of the constitution .

  • April 9, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    This law is NOT Constitutional carry. It has lots of qualifications that infringe on our 2nd Amendment rights. Please get the facts and retract or rewrite this before it misleads some Tennesseans into legal trouble.

  • April 9, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    Awesome! About time SOMEBODY stands up for our Rights!!

  • April 10, 2021 at 2:02 am

    What are the qualifications for enhanced carry?

  • April 10, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    Thank you, Gov. Lee, for signing into law what should be the norm for our entire country.

  • April 10, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    I’m glad to see a politician who recognizes the Constitution of the United States as the Nation’s supreme law. Great job Gov. Lee!

  • April 12, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    I also want to know what the qualifications are. And how do we prove we meet those qualifications?


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