This Tennessee law makes it easier to obtain a concealed carry handgun permit in 2020 – Tennessean

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Starting Jan. 1, obtaining a concealed carry handgun permit in Tennessee becomes easier.

Per a 2019 law passed by the state legislature, Tennesseans will now be able to take an online course in order to receive a carry permit, a significantly faster, cheaper alternative to the state's existing process that will requireno hands-on training.

The state's current carry permit which allows foropen and concealed carrying will remain the same, but is now being called an "enhanced permit." That includes taking a day-long in-person course and paying a $100 application fee.

The permit will costjust $65, but will only allow for concealed, and not open,carry. The new permit also doesn't allow for carrying a firearm on higher education campuses, which is approved under the enhanced permit.

Two vendors so far Tier One Tactics and Clarksville Guns and Archery Tennessee Carry Permit Online School have been approved to teach the 90-minute course, which both are offering online.

The application fees for both the enhanced and concealedpermit options do not include course costs.

While legislation approving the new system was easily approved in the House, it faced bipartisan criticism in the Senate this spring when it passed 18-11. Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, was among four Republicans who did not cast votes.

Six Republicans joined the chamber's five Democrats in voting against the bill, which was opposednot only by Moms Demand Action, a gun control lobbying group, but by theTennessee Firearms Association.

The bill was sponsored in the House by Rep. Andy Holt, R-Dresden, and in the Senate by Sen. John Stevens, R-Huntington.

Those applying for the new concealed carry permit must be 21, pass a background check from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and provide a certificate showing they completed a state-approved training course no more than a year before applying.

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