Tennessee: Pro-Gun Law Went into Effect Last Friday

NRA - Institute for Legislative Action
NRA – Institute for Legislative Action

Fairfax, VA -(AmmoLand.com)- During the 2016 Legislative Session, the Tennessee Legislature passed multiple pro-gun bills that promote and protect your Second Amendment rights:

House Bill 1736 and Senate Bill 2376, sponsored by state Representative Andy Holt and state Senator Mike Bell, will permit full-time employees of state public colleges or universities to carry a handgun while on property owned, operated, or used by the employing college or university if the employee has a valid Tennessee handgun carry permit.  Thank you to the NRA members in Tennessee that sent over 10,000 emails to committee members supporting this legislation.  This legislation is set to go into effect on Friday, July 1.

Senate Bill 1991 and House Bill 2131, sponsored by state Senator Brian Kelsey and state Representative Courtney Rogers respectively, prohibit public post-secondary institutions from taking any adverse action against an employee or student as a result of such person’s lawful transportation and storage of a firearm or ammunition in the person’s parked motor vehicle.  This legislation went into effect upon being signed by Governor Bill Haslam on April 14.

Senate Bill 1559 and House Bill 1644, sponsored by state Senator Mike Bell and state Representative Tilman Goins respectively, allow the chief administrative officer of a private K-12 school or private institution of higher education to implement a handgun carry policy that either permits or prohibits a person who has a handgun carry permit from carrying on the grounds or buildings of a private K-12 school or private university. This legislation went into effect upon being signed by Governor Bill Haslam on April 6.

House Bill 2575 and Senate Bill 2566, sponsored by state Representative Gerald McCormick and state Senator Mark Norris respectively, reduce the cost of handgun carry permits from $115 to $100 as well as extend the permit renewal to eight years.  This legislation went into effect upon being signed by Governor Bill Haslam on April 7.

Thank you to those NRA members and Second Amendment supporters who contacted their lawmakers in support of these pro-gun measures.  Also thank you to bill sponsors and legislators who supported these bills during session.

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You missed one of the new Tennessee laws. Effective July 1, any establishment that prevents lawful carry on its property assumes full liability for the protection of patrons. who could otherwise lawfully carry a firearm, while on, or travelling from or to their vehicle to access or leave, the property owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by that entity. Additionally, in order for any weapon prohibition signage to have legal force, it must have a reference to this law on every prohibition sign.


I really like that one !! I hope this applies to schools and government property as well. I also hope that North Carolina follows their lead.


Don, you are incorrect. But you’re in good company, a lot of pro-gun news agencies (like Breitbart) are saying it too.

The bill originally said what you are saying, but was later changed before it became law. Now it simply says that if a business owner chooses NOT to post lawful “No Gun” signs then they can not be held liable for not posting if there is a defensive gun use by a patron.


I’ve lived here over twenty years and found long ago that Tennessee laws are “user friendly”. There are a few turds in the punchbowl but they don’t seem to cause much of a rift. I wouldn’t live in Kommiefornia or Nutter York for all the tea in China.


Good Bourbon, and a “sense of responsibility”; what more can one ask from their state! Congratulations, and keep up the cause.


Justtryit….Bourbon whiskey does not come or originate in Tennessee, it ONLY comes from & originates in Bourbon County, Kentucky (check it out)…Tennessee only concocts two types of distilled ‘spirits…The very best ‘Moonshine’ on the planet and the most excellent & best tasting, (‘legally’ made) whiskey in the universe…


Jack Daniels is what I have drank for years. Take a shot then chug a Bud. That’s how I’ve rolled for years.


Excellent! Congratulations Tennessee.


Excuse me? NRA, why aren’t you thanking the Tennessee Firearms Association? They are the one’s with the boots on the ground that got this done.


Apparently Tennessee has a true American Government that believes in our Constitution
unlike NYS that is full OF bull sh– and doesn’t care at all about being American as long as they
can line their own pockets and support the non Christian society.
Those like the NY Governor should fear attending church services while they BETRAY the BIBLE.