Tennessee Firearm Bill of Sale

Updated July 01, 2022

A Tennessee firearm bill of sale is considered a legal document in the State of Tennessee that formalizes the legal sale and purchase of a firearm. The form provides information identifying the firearm being sold and purchased as well as details concerning the change of ownership. In order to be accepted as valid, the document must be notarized.

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Privately Selling a Firearm

Tennessee does not have any laws regulating the sale of a firearm between two (2) private parties. The only necessity is that both parties are legally allowed to own a firearm.

Prohibited from Buying

According to Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1307(f)(1) an individual is prohibited from owning and purchasing a firearm if that person:

  • Has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 921, and is still subject to the disabilities of such a conviction;
  • Is, at the time of the possession, subject to an order of protection that fully complies with 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(8); or
  • Is prohibited from possessing a firearm under any other state or federal law.

Registering a Firearm

The formal government registration of privately owned firearms is prohibited in Tennessee per Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1314(a).

Concealed Carry

All Tennessee residents that wish to carry a concealed weapon in public are required to first obtain an Enhanced Handgun Carry Permit or a Concealed Handgun Carry Permit.

How to Apply

Applicants for either permit must be at least twenty-one (21) years old, or eighteen (18) years old and an active or honorably discharged U.S. military service member.

Step 1 – Submit an application for a concealed carry permit online with the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

Step 2 – Complete a Tennessee handgun safety course.

Step 3 – Attach the following:

Step 4 – Submit the application to the nearest Driver Services Center.

Step 5 – Submit a photograph at the Center.

Step 6 – Pay the application fee.

Step 7 – Submit the applicant’s fingerprints as instructed by the Driver Services Center.

Step 7 – Pass a name-based criminal history record check conducted by the department of safety.


The state of Tennessee recognizes concealed carry permits from all U.S. states that offer them to their respective residents.