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    Open carry of holstered handguns welcome at Nashville, TN NRA convention

    http://www.examiner.com/article/plan...nashville-2015

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    This year the National Rifle Association (NRA) will hold its annual meetings and exhibits in Nashville, TN, the weekend of April 10 - 12. In the past, some venues have been posted against carry by those with state issued permits/licenses.

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    [But d]uring the 2015 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits, lawfully carried firearms will be permitted in the Music City Center with the proper license in accordance with Tennessee law. . . . Open or concealed? Tennessee law doesn't prohibit open carry, like Texas and Florida, although OC is seldom seen in the Knoxville area. For further OC info check the Tennessee Attorney General Opinion here. The Tennessee Department of Safety's Handgun Carry Permit page is here [spoiler alert -the TN AG Opinion states that open and concealed handgun carriers must have a concealed handgun permit recognized by Tennessee in order to fall within the safe harbor provided by the permit carry statute from being convicted of "the crime of carrying a weapon for the purpose of going armed."

    Tennessee law also authorizes carry of a loaded firearm in a vehicle without a permit.

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    Thanks for the post.

    Unfortunately, neither the NRA nor the Examiner make it clear that the Bridgestone Arena, where guns are prohibited, is NOT the main venue for the exposition - which is in the perfectly legal to carry Music City Center.

    One wonders why the both the NRA and the Examiner, who both bothered to point out where carry was not OK, didn't bother to make clear what was scheduled to go on in the Bridgestone Arena...??

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    Didn't want to start a new thread so I'll just tack this on here.

    I'll be spending a few days just west of Nashville this week and wanted to check to see if there were any special "off limits" places that would rather not have me open carrying, other than the usual grouping.

    I do have a valid Florida CWFL, of course.

    Reading through the state regs, I didn't see anything special about the Nashville area so I'll just assume the open carry is a legal and valid method for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ADulay View Post
    Didn't want to start a new thread so I'll just tack this on here.

    I'll be spending a few days just west of Nashville this week and wanted to check to see if there were any special "off limits" places that would rather not have me open carrying, other than the usual grouping.

    I do have a valid Florida CWFL, of course.

    Reading through the state regs, I didn't see anything special about the Nashville area so I'll just assume the open carry is a legal and valid method for me.

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    Open/concealed makes no difference in Tennessee . If you can carry you can carry .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xion View Post
    Open/concealed makes no difference in Tennessee . If you can carry you can carry .
    Are you asserting that one who does not possess a concealed carry license/permit can, for instance, carry in parks?
    Last edited by BB62; 12-23-2015 at 01:42 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BB62 View Post
    Are you asserting that one who does not possess a concealed carry license/permit can, for instance, carry in parks?
    I don't think that is what he was saying. In TN you need a permit to carry period, whether it is open or concealed as opposed to some states where you may need a permit to carry concealed, but not openly. Parks are legal to carry in in TN, but you must have a carry permit
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