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Tennessee Gun Laws and How They Compare Nationally

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By    |   Friday, 05 Dec 2014 08:24 PM

Tennessee and its neighboring states are in good company with gun owners. Tennessee gun laws are relatively lenient, though nearby Kentucky and Georgia are looked at more favorably by firearms advocate groups.

Tennessee — along with Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia, Arkansas and Alaska — received "F" grades on a 2013 state scorecardby the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Tennessee was among the top 10 states with the highest gun death rate, according to the scorecard.

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California, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Hawaii were among the states to receive "A" and "B" ratings for tough gun control laws and low gun death rates, the groups stated.

Georgia and Kentucky finished ahead of Tennessee as states favorable to gun owners, a survey by Guns & Ammo concluded. Georgia finished third behind Alaska and first-place Arizona. Utah was fourth with Kentucky in fifth place.

Tennessee gun laws placed it in a respectable 16th position. More than 40 percent of the state’s residents are gun owners. Residents of Tennessee go through a permit process of safety training and background checks before receiving permits to carry firearms or concealed weapons. No permits are necessary to purchase and register rifles, shotguns, and handguns.

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Residents, even those without permits, can keep loaded firearms in their vehicles. People with permits can carry loaded firearms outside their vehicles and in their businesses. The measure to allow keeping loaded firearms in vehicles went into effect in 2014. State officials say the law was necessary because many residents in Tennessee, like those in neighboring states, have become concerned about protection and safety.

Tennessee has been making gains as a gun-friendly state in the eyes of gun owners, but other nearby states have more lenient laws. Kentucky has open carry laws in which people can openly carry firearms in public places. Georgia allows the carrying of concealed handguns in bars that allow it. Both Kentucky and Georgia have a simple process to obtain permits for carrying concealed weapons.

Tennessee gun laws favor firearm owners more than areas in the Northeast — including New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut — and in California, which finished at the bottom of the Guns & Ammo list for best states for gun owners.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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