Frequently Asked Questions

We help train people at all skill levels; whether you're an experienced shooter or a first time shooter. All of our instructors are NRA and State of Tennessee Certified and bring years of experience with them. We strive to foster an enjoyable learning experience without pressure and look forward to helping you grow with all of your firearm training needs. I would encourage you to look into taking one of our introductory classes such as, "Basic Handgun - Before Your Permit" or "Which Handgun is Best for Me?".

Our "No Risk Guarantee" is simple and straight-forward. In the event that you do not achieve the minimum passing scores required to continue with the Handgun Permit Application process, we will allow you to retake the course during the next scheduled class and waive the course fee.

No handgun? No problem! We can provide you with a suitable handgun for the live-fire portion of the course at no charge if required. 

We are always excited to work with first-time shooters and firearm buyers. The selection of a firearm is an important decision and involves many factors. Today's market has more varieties available than ever before. I suggest that you contact us about our, "Which Handgun is Best for Me?" class. We will work with you first in the classroom and then on the range so you have a solid understanding of handgun selection fundamentals including the pros & cons of revolvers versus pistols, caliber choice, capacity, recoil management and more.

To obtain a handgun carry permit in Tennessee, you must first successfully complete a handgun safety course offered by a handgun safety school that is certified by the Department of Safety. You will need to bring with you the original copy of your safety course completion certificate, proof of US citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residency, photo identification such as your Driver License, and NON-REFUNDABLE permit fee.  When your application is processed at the Driver Service Center, you will be given instructions on being fingerprinted.

Yes, you can renew your handgun carry permit up to six (6) months before your expiration date by completing an application and paying the renewal fee.

You can renew your handgun carry permit up to six (6) months past the expiration date by completing an application and paying the renewal fee. You may not legally carry a weapon while your permit has expired until you receive your new permit. You may renew in person at any full service Driver Services Center or by mail to:

Tennessee Department of Safety
Handgun Permit Office
1150 Foster Avenue
Nashville, TN 37243-1000

If your permit has been expired more than six (6) months past the renewal date you will need to start the complete process again. This includes completing a handgun safety course, paying the permit fee, being fingerprinted and undergoing a background check.