Tennessee Handgun Carry Class


Able to own a handgun

NOTE** Prior to taking the Tennessee Carry Permit Class, you MUST  register for the Hand Gun Carry Permit at the link below:


Open To:



Necessary to obtain a carry permit

The citizens of the state of Tennessee have the right to keep and bear arms for their common defense; but the General Assembly has the power, by law, to regulate the wearing of arms with a view to prevent crime. 

Any resident of Tennessee who has reached twenty-one (21) years of age may apply to the Department of Safety for a handgun permit. If the applicant is not prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm in this state pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. §39-17-316 or 39-17-1307(b), 18 U.S.C. 9 (g) or any other state or federal law and the applicant otherwise meets all of the requirements, the Department of Safety shall issue a permit to the applicant.


8 hours



General Overview:

This course takes the novice through the steps needed to meet the requirements for a TENNESSEE HANDGUN CARRY PERMIT. The largest portion of time is spent in the classroom with videos, lecture, and discussion. There is a written test on which a score of 70% or better is required to pass. The test is multiple choice and true/false and covers basic, common sense firearms safety and handling.

The permit is obtained by attending an eight-hour class taught by State approved instructor. Some of the topics covered in the class are:

Classroom work includes lecture material on: Nomenclature, Safety, legal Issues, Fundamentals of Marksmanship, Cleaning, and Storage, just to name a few topics.

Range Safety Rules – Safety is a hugh part of the curriculum

Keeping your Weapon Maintained and in optimum condition

Legal aspects of carrying a handgun

Restrictions on where you can and cannot carry

Methods of carry open v/ concealed

Different holster designs

A fifty (50) question test

Range work for this class will cover such topics as:

  • Proper sight alignment
  • Proper trigger pull
  • Loading / Unloading
  • Grip and Stance
  • just to name a few topics and
  • A fifty (50) round qualification course

Required Equipment:

  • Safe and serviceable SEMI-AUTO pistol or revolver
  • 50 rounds of ammunition
  • Hearing and Eye Protection are MANDATORY (we can provide if you do not have)
  • Student should bring a sack lunch (Water will be provided by Dodd & Associates)
  • Baseball Style hat