Tennessee Gun Permit Data

Tennessee is a shall-issue state.
“Shall-issue” refers to licensing standards that require state authorities to grant permits to carry firearms in public to any individual that meets a very minimum standard, such as passing a basic background check and completion of a basic firearms training class.  “Shall-issue” is sometimes referred to as “right-to-carry” or RTC.

“May-issue” refers to licensing standards that gives law enforcement discretion over granting permits.  Applicants are evaluated based on proof of their good character and their stated need to carry a gun in public.

Permit data provided by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.  A summary of statistics on handgun permits from 2010 through 2016 can be found below table.  Cause for suspension or revocation of handgun permits in the Tennessee Code (TCA 39-17-1352), can be found here.

TENNESSEE GUN PERMIT DATA

TOTAL PERMITS ISSUED ORIGINAL (NEW) DENIALS REVOCATIONS SUSPENSIONS
2016 180,525 71,938 2,652 404 1,997
2015 138,323 55,829 3,292 291 2,076
2014 131,506 46,042 1,659 284 1,257
2013 192,613 83,309 1,489 367 1,501
2012 114,031 52,379 574 284 1,105
2011 94,975 42,151 552 97 896
2010 102,879 41,044 329 108 756
TOTALS 954,852 392,692 10,547 1,835 9,588

Source: Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security

 


2016 Summary of Statistics

The state of Tennessee issued 180,525 handgun carry permits in 2016. Of these, 39.85% were originals, 49.21% were renewals, 6.11% were duplicates, 2.89% were free, and 1.93% were lifetime. The most active month was September with 16,919 handgun carry permits issued.

The state of Tennessee suspended 1,997 handgun carry permits, revoked 404 handgun carry permits, and denied 2,652 handgun carry permits in 2016.

Handgun carry permits were issued to males at an approximate ratio of 1.91:1, with the age group of 51-55 the most populous for the combination of males and females.

The counties with the highest number of Tennessee handgun carry permits suspended, revoked, or denied were: Shelby (1,085), Knox (409), Davidson (379), Rutherford (241), and Hamilton (212).

The ZIP codes with the highest number of Tennessee handgun carry permits issued were: 37122 (Mt. Juliet, 2,088), 37075 (Hendersonville, 2,020), 38401 (Columbia, 1,832), 37042 (Clarksville, 1,732), and 38017 (Piperton, 1,705).


2015 Summary of Statistics

The state of Tennessee issued 138,323 handgun carry permits in 2015. Of these, 40.36% were originals, 50.92% were renewals, 6.47% were duplicates, 1.08% were free, and 1.17% were lifetime. The most active month was March with 14,503 handgun carry permits issued.

The state of Tennessee suspended 2,076 handgun carry permits, revoked 291 handgun carry permits, and denied 3,292 handgun carry permits in 2015.

Handgun carry permits were issued to males at an approximate ratio of 2.2:1, with the age group of 51-55 the most populous for the combination of males and females.

The counties with the highest number of Tennessee handgun carry permits suspended, revoked, or denied were: Shelby (1,242), Davidson (506), Knox (386), Hamilton (260), and Rutherford (233).

The ZIP codes with the highest number of Tennessee handgun carry permits issued were: 37075 (Hendersonville, 1,781), 37122 (Mt. Juliet, 1,611), 38002 (Arlington, 1,527), 37042 (Clarksville, 1,525), and 38017 (Piperton, 1,483).


2014 Summary of Statistics

The state of Tennessee issued 131,506 handgun carry permits in 2014. Of these, 35.0% were originals, 57.7% were either renewals or reinstatements, 6.7% were duplicates, 0.6% were free, and less than 0.1% were new residents. The most active month was March, with 15,376 handgun carry permits issued.

The state of Tennessee suspended 1,257 handgun carry permits, revoked 284 handgun carry permits, and denied 1,659 handgun carry permits in 2014.

Handgun carry permits were issued to males at an approximate ratio of 2.4:1 (93,021 to 38,485), with the age group of 51-55 years being the most populous for females, 51-55 the most populous for males, and 51-55 the most populous for the combination of males and females.

The counties with the highest number of Tennessee handgun carry permits issued were: Shelby (16,093), Davidson (8,279), Knox (8,115), Hamilton (5,598), and Rutherford (5,397).

The counties with the highest number of Tennessee handgun carry permits suspended, revoked, or denied were: Shelby (554), Davidson (300), Knox (240), Rutherford (171), and Hamilton (134).

The ZIP codes with the highest number of Tennessee handgun carry permits issued were: 37042 (Clarksville, 1,438), 37122 (Mt. Juliet, 1,421), 37075 (Hendersonville, 1,328), 38017 (Collierville, 1,317), and 38002 (Arlington, 1,261).

The ZIP codes with the highest number of Tennessee handgun carry permits suspended, revoked, or denied were: 37042 (Clarksville, 51), 37167 (Smyrna, 42), 37013 (Antioch, 40), 38305 (Jackson, 38), and 37128 (Murfreesboro, 36).


2013 Summary of Statistics

The state of Tennessee issued 192,613 handgun carry permits in 2013. Of these, 43.3% were originals, 52.2% were either renewals or reinstatements, 3.9% were duplicates, 0.6% were free, and 0.1% were new residents. The most active month was March, with 27,283 handgun carry permits issued.

The state of Tennessee suspended 1,501 handgun carry permits, revoked 367 handgun carry permits, and denied 1,489 handgun carry permits in 2013.

Handgun carry permits were issued to males at an approximate ratio of 2.3:1 (133,780 to 58,833), with the age group of 46-50 years being the most populous for females, 56-60 the most populous for males, and 51-55 the most populous for the combination of males and females.

The counties with the highest number of Tennessee handgun carry permits issued were: Shelby (19,127), Knox (11,878), Davidson (11,220), Hamilton (9,002), and Rutherford (7,805).

The counties with the highest number of Tennessee handgun carry permits suspended, revoked, or denied were: Shelby (544), Davidson (338), Knox (262), Rutherford (141), and Hamilton (132).

The ZIP codes with the highest number of Tennessee handgun carry permits issued were: 37075 (Hendersonville, 2,150), 37122 (Mt. Juliet, 2,075), 38305 (Jackson, 2,058), 38401 (Columbia, 2,009), and 38017 (Collierville, 1,784).

The ZIP codes with the highest number of Tennessee handgun carry permits suspended, revoked, or denied were: 38305 (Jackson, 45), 37920 (Knoxville, 40), 37013 (Antioch, 39), 38401 (Columbia, 38), and 37066 (Gallatin, 35).


2012 Summary of Statistics

The state of Tennessee issued 114,031 handgun carry permits in 2012. Of these, 45.9% were originals, 46.9% were either renewals or reinstatements, 5.7% were duplicates, 0.8% were free, and 0.7% were new residents. The most active month was March, with 11,394 handgun carry permits issued.

The state of Tennessee suspended 1,105 handgun carry permits, revoked 284 handgun carry permits, and denied 574 handgun carry permits in 2012.

Handgun carry permits were issued to males at an approximate ratio of 2.5:1 (81,677 to 32,354), with the age group of 46-50 years being the most populous for females and males.

The counties with the highest number of Tennessee handgun carry permits issued were: Shelby (13,860), Davidson (7,609), Knox (7,521), Hamilton (5,048), and Rutherford (4,830).

The counties with the highest number of Tennessee handgun carry permits suspended, revoked, or denied were: Shelby (338), Davidson (204), Knox (117), Rutherford (108), and Hamilton (62).

The ZIP codes with the highest number of Tennessee handgun carry permits issued were: 37075 (Hendersonville, 1,263), 37042 (Clarksville, 1,175), 38002 (Arlington, 1,100), 38017 (Collierville, 1,091), and 37122 (Mt. Juliet, 1,075).

The ZIP codes with the highest number of Tennessee handgun carry permits suspended, revoked, or denied were: 37042 (Clarksville, 34), 37013 (Antioch, 29), 38109 (Memphis, 25), 38127 (Memphis, 22), and 37211 (Nashville, 21).


2011 Summary of Statistics

The state of Tennessee issued 94,975 handgun carry permits in 2011. Of these, 44.4% were originals, 47.6% were either renewals or reinstatements, 6.5% were duplicates, 0.8% were free, and 0.8% were new residents. The most active month was March, with 11,334 handgun carry permits issued.

The state of Tennessee suspended 896 handgun carry permits, revoked 97 handgun carry permits, and denied 552 handgun carry permits in 2011.

Handgun carry permits were issued to males at an approximate ratio of 3:1 (70,361 to 24,614), with the age group of 51-55 years being the most populous for females and males.

The counties with the highest number of Tennessee handgun carry permits issued were: Shelby (12,787), Davidson (6,307), Knox (6,253), Hamilton (4,324), and Rutherford (3,749).

The counties with the highest number of Tennessee handgun carry permits suspended, revoked, or denied were: Shelby (319), Davidson (162), Knox (75), Rutherford (61), and Hamilton (56).

The ZIP codes with the highest number of Tennessee handgun carry permits issued were: 37075 (Hendersonville, 1,054), 38017 (Collierville, 1,018), 37122 (Mt. Juliet, 987), 38002 (Arlington, 894), and 37042 (Clarksville, 834).

The ZIP codes with the highest number of Tennessee handgun carry permits suspended, revoked, or denied were: 37013 (Antioch, 23), 38125 (Memphis, 22), 38128 (Memphis, 22), 37211 (Nashville, 18), 38016 (Cordova, 18), and 38118 (Memphis, 18).


2010 Summary of Statistics

The state of Tennessee issued 102,879 handgun carry permits in 2010. Of these, 39.9% were originals, 51.5% were either renewals or reinstatements, 6.1% were duplicates, 1.8% were free, and 0.7% were new residents. The most active month was April, with 13,308 handgun carry permits issued.

The state of Tennessee suspended 756 handgun carry permits, revoked 108 handgun carry permits, and denied 329 handgun carry permits in 2010.

Handgun carry permits were issued to males at an approximate ratio of 3:1 (78,429 to 24,450), with the age group of 46-50 years being the most populous for females and males.

The counties with the highest number of Tennessee handgun carry permits issued were: Shelby (13,610), Davidson (6,800), Knox (6,368), Hamilton (4,603), and Rutherford (3,826).

The counties with the highest number of Tennessee handgun carry permits suspended, revoked, or denied were: Shelby (220), Davidson (130), Knox (60), Hamilton (35), and Williamson (35).

The ZIP codes with the highest number of Tennessee handgun carry permits issued were: 37122 (Mt. Juliet, 1,067), 37075 (Hendersonville, 1,062), 38401 (Columbia, 1,009), 38017 (Collierville, 973), and 38002 (Arlington, 939).

The ZIP codes with the highest number of Tennessee handgun carry permits suspended, revoked, or denied were: 37013 (Antioch, 20), 38109 (Memphis, 17), 37211 (Nashville, 15), 38125 (Memphis, 15), 38002 (Arlington, 13), and 38127 (Memphis, 13). The average time it took to obtain an original Tennessee handgun carry permit was 23.57