The state of Tennessee requires that mandatory training be finished before the handgun permit application is submitted to the TN Department of Safety. This course is intructed by state certified handgun instructors through TN state certified handgun permit shcools. Use this link to see most of the schools arrainged by county:
'Certified Handgun Schools'

The majority of the permit schools conduct their training in a one (1) day course.
There are minimum requirements imposed by the State of Tennesse that consist of:
  • Four (4) hours of classroom training.
  • Four (4) hours of gun range training.
Execptions to this training:

Active military or withing five years of seperation from military, who can show proof of similar training in the military.
individuals who possess an 'active' Tennessee armed guard security card.
Individuals who move into tennessee who received a license or permit to carry from their former state or do not have a ccw from their former state.

Here is the list for states that require a training course:

alabama, arkansas, florida, georgia, hawaii, idaho, illinois, indiana, iowa, kansas, maine, minnesota,
mississippi, missouri, montana, nebraska, new hampshire, new jersey, new mexico, new york, north carolina, oklahoma,
rhode island, south dakota, utah, vermont, washington, west virginia, wisconsin.

States exempted from training requirements:

alaska, arizona, california, colorado, connecticut, delaware, kentucky, louisiana, maryland,
massachusetts, michigan, nevada, ohio, oregon, pennsylvania, south carolina, texas, virginia, wyoming.

view the requirements for a person who moves into Tennessee and has a CCW License or Permit from their prior state.

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