Colorado CCW permit valid in Tennessee?


July 22, 2009, 10:49 PM
My wife and I are flying into Nashville and driving to Memphis for a wedding this weekend. I though there might be a chance that my CO CCW permit would be valid, so I checked the Colorado CBI's website which states:

Pursuant to Colorado law (CRS 18-12-213), the State of Colorado will recognize a valid permit issued in another state IF the permit was issued to a resident of the state issuing the permit, and the permittee is 21 yrs of age or older, AND the other state recognizes Colorado permits as valid in their state. Hence, a "yes" in the following table also indicates that a valid Colorado permit is recognized in that state, subject to their laws. When traveling with a Colorado permit, it is advisable to contact the state you are visiting to confirm reciprocity and to review that state's firearms laws.

(table extract)

However, from the Tennessee Dept. of Safety....

Tennessee now recognizes a facially valid handgun permit, firearms permit, weapons permit, or a license issued by another state according to its terms, and will, therefore, authorize the holder of such out-of-state permit or license to carry a handgun only in the state of Tennessee.

Does this mean that Tennessee recognizes ALL outside permits (including Colorado)?

(table extract)

States without Reciprocity Agreements

These states do not have Reciprocity Agreements with Tennessee. Some of them do, however, recognize Tennessee Handgun Carry Permits.
Recognize TN Permits

* Alabama
* Colorado
* Delaware
* Idaho
* Indiana

Are we good to go?

What peculiar CCW rules are present in TN, plus Memphis and Nashville?

Thanks for your time,


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July 23, 2009, 12:50 AM
I would go to and look up the rules there.

July 23, 2009, 01:37 AM
Looks like Tennessee just began allowing CCW in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol, just as long as you don't drink. Off course, stupid bar and restaurant owners can post signs that apparently have some weight of law to them...

Any thoughts?

July 23, 2009, 11:12 AM
Yea you are good. and I would say memphis is a pretty good place to be packing at all times:eek:

July 27, 2009, 11:29 AM

I decided not to CCW during the trip. As it turned out, pretty much every place we went had the legal weight "No CCW" signs, and I wanted to drink anyway. The only place I did not see them was Graceland, probably because they don't serve alcohol. In order to be legal, the gun would have to have been left in the hotel room (The Westin just off Beale). It's kinda of hard to go to Memphis and not visit the following:

Rendezvous BBQ (kind of ironic since they have guns on display inside the restaurant)

Beale Street (felt relatively safe anyway, the police presence was huge...)

We went for a walk on Saturday morning, but since we were planning on stopping by the "Kooky Canuck" for lunch, all plans for lawful CCW would have to be scrapped.

Colorado definitely has it right. CCW in alcohol serving establishments is A-OK and great majority of them don't post, and even then, the postings don't have legal weight unless they ask you to leave and you don't. Just don't become under the influence of alcohol while CCWing.

I should say that I did carry non-lethal OC spray everywhere except on Beale Street (metal detectors). Better than nothing.

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