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“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” – 1791

Frequently Asked Questions

We are here to help any questions you may have. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from people who are considering taking on the responsibility of carry a firearm in public.

Why do you NEED a gun?
This is the one most often asked of those who choose to own or carry a firearm. There are several reasons one may choose to carry a firearm, including:
  • Recreational Shooting
  • Competetive Shooting
  • Hunting
  • Protection of Self and Family
  • Collecting
  • Excercise of a Consitutional Right
These are just a few of the many valid reasons people choose to own or carry firearms. here at Tennessee Handgun Carry, we recommend you give it some thought, and have an answer prepared somewhere in the back of yor mind. That way, when you do eventually get asked that question – and you WILL – you'll sound more rational and intelligent than you generally will trying to come up with an off-the-cuff answer.
What kind of gun should I carry?
Pardon the pun, but that is a loaded question. The only universal answer we can give is that the firearm you decide to carry should be like the question itself — loaded. It should also be safe and 100% reliable. Beyond that, there are numerous factors to consider before deciding on what is the best firearm for you personally to carry. As with WHY you carry a firearm, WHAT you're carrying may depend on several factors, including, but not limited to:
  • Age
  • Physical Condition
  • Climate or Time of Year
  • The Specific Occasion
To help you get started with your decision, check out our Basics page, to familiarize yourself with the different types of handguns. This should help give you a better idea of what type of firearm you may be most comfortable with.
What kind of ammunition should I carry?
This will also depend on several factors, including the caliber, brand, and model of gun you are carrying. Firearm performance will vary from one gun to another, even with the same ammunition. Similarly, a particular brand of ammunition may work well in one firearm, but may cause issues in another firearm. These are our general recomendations for ammunition:
  • While there are varying opinions regarding this issue, we DO NOT recommend using reloaded ammunition for self defense, if it can possibly be avoided
  • Use factory loaded hollow point ammunition designed for self defense when carrying your firearm
  • Thoroughly test the ammunition you plan to carry in the firearm you will be carrying
  • Find out what local law enforcement officers carry in their duty firearms, and use the same ammunition, if it is available