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    TN Handgun Law

    First up, a little background info:

    I'm less than 21, live in rural area, have been surrounded by guns my entire life, own four long guns.

    On topic: Maybe I've overlooked or misread or something, but from what I'm gathering is this: You only have to be 21 to purchase a handgun. I don't see anything (could have overlooked) saying you must be 21 to own a handgun. My father has had a Hi-Point for several years and recently bought a new S&W for defense. He is going to pass the Hi-Point to me. Now I know it can still be in his name and technically his and it stay in my room and I shoot it in the backyard and stuff, I'm just curious as to whether I can legally claim ownership of the handgun being under 21. I know I can't carry it period, and have no intention to. Thanks in advance.

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    Actually you only have to be 21 to purchase a handgun from a FFL dealer, there is no federal or TN law that prohibits a private sale to someone under 21.

    The laws in TN on posession by a juvenile say under 18.

    So even though you can't get a carry permit, there is nothing that prevents you from owning a handgun or even posessing one anywhere that a permit wouldn't be requried.

    There isn't gun registration, so a firearm in TN is not really in anyones name, there is only the name on from 4473 of who purchased, but a firearm could be sold dozens of times after that in private sales with no paperwork at all.
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    Thank you very much, I wanted to make sure. When I meant in his name, I meant on the initial purchase form. I didn't realize that private transfers were completely legal in TN without paperwork. Guess that explains why I see them a lot.

    Excellent site here, one of the nicest and most helpful I've been across. I also agree 100% with your cause. So hopefully you guys will accept someone without a carry permit, I'd like to stick around

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coltman151 View Post
    Thank you very much, I wanted to make sure. When I meant in his name, I meant on the initial purchase form. I didn't realize that private transfers were completely legal in TN without paperwork. Guess that explains why I see them a lot.

    Excellent site here, one of the nicest and most helpful I've been across. I also agree 100% with your cause. So hopefully you guys will accept someone without a carry permit, I'd like to stick around
    It's no problem at all. I joined a few months before I could get my permit as well. Welcome aboard !

    Also, if you want to try out some carrying right now (NOT in Tennessee!), visit a few of our neighboring states on your next vacation. Five out of eight of them will allow you to open carry on foot without a permit: MO (subject to local prohibitions), KY, VA, NC, and AL. Seven out of eight of them will, to varying degrees, allow you to carry in a car without a permit: MS, AR (while "traveling," beware that this term is not defined in the law), MO (beware that concealed carry in a car under age 21 is illegal; the law isn't clear on open carry in a car for age 18-20), KY, VA, NC, and GA. I would particularly recommend Kentucky, Virginia, and North Carolina. But, before visiting any of them, check the laws first and ask around on the other respective forums about them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nascar24Glock View Post
    It's no problem at all. I joined a few months before I could get my permit as well. Welcome aboard !

    Also, if you want to try out some carrying right now (NOT in Tennessee!), visit a few of our neighboring states on your next vacation. Five out of eight of them will allow you to open carry on foot without a permit: MO (subject to local prohibitions), KY, VA, NC, and AL. Seven out of eight of them will, to varying degrees, allow you to carry in a car without a permit: MS, AR (while "traveling," beware that this term is not defined in the law), MO (beware that concealed carry in a car under age 21 is illegal; the law isn't clear on open carry in a car for age 18-20), KY, VA, NC, and GA. I would particularly recommend Kentucky, Virginia, and North Carolina. But, before visiting any of them, check the laws first and ask around on the other respective forums about them.
    Thank you. I go to Fontana to fish sometimes, so next time I'm up that way in and around robinsville, I will be bringing my 9.

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