From the time the first colonists landed on American shores, firearms have played an essential role in our survival, both as a nation and as individuals. Today over 70 million Americans own and use firearms, and the Federal Government estimates that firearms are kept in over half the households in this country. With this freedom must come responsibility.
- Handle all firearms as if they were loaded.
Never forget that a gun has the potential to produce serious injury or death in a single instant of carelessness. Make safe gun handling a habit to be followed at all times. After you determine that a gun is unloaded, continue to handle it as though it were loaded.
- Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
In selecting a safe direction, you must also take into consideration that a bullet can ricochet or glance off of any object it strikes and that bullets can penetrate walls, ceilings, floors and windows.
Remember: You should never point a gun (whether loaded or unloaded) at another person or at yourself.
- Keep your finger out of the gun's trigger guard and off the trigger until you have aligned the gun's sights on a safe target and you have made the decision to fire.
By keeping your finger completely outside the trigger guard until you are aimed at the target, you guarantee that any shots you fire will go safely in the direction of your intended target.
States With Signed Formal Agreements With State of Tennessee
Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming
States With No Formal Agreement That Do Recognize Tennessee Permits
Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Utah, Vermont
States That Do Not Recognize Tennessee Permits
California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, Wisconsin
For further information go to www.tennessee.gov/safety/handgunmain.htm