Just to make you familiar with the terms and prices in TN.
In TN it is a HCP or Handgun Carry Permit, it allows you to carry handgun(s) Open or Concealed. Otherwise it is illegal to carry a loaded handgun period in TN, even in your car.
A new permit is $115 and is good for 4 years, renewals are $50.
Looks like you are going to have to pay the $115 to the state. From http://tennessee.gov/safety/handgun/...rements.htm#PA
Also don't think the NRA course will exempt you from the Safety Course requirement. TN law says you are exempt from the safety course requirement if you can show documentation that within the last 5 years you have...Applicant must be twenty-one (21), take a DOS approved handgun safety course, complete the Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit application, provide proof of U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residency, pay one hundred and fifteen dollar ($115.00) fee and be fingerprinted.
No other exemptions for the safety courseare listed in 39-17-1351(e)
- Been certified by the peace officer standards and training commission
- Successfully completed training at the law enforcement training academy
- Successfully completed the firearms training course required for armed security guard/officer registration, pursuant to § 62-35-118(b)
- Successfully completed all handgun training of not less than four (4) hours as required by any branch of the military