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The area of firearms law and practice can involve a wide variety of topics.  These topics can easily cross the spectrum of civil, criminal and administrative law.  Having a lawyer who has experience in these diverse areas can be important to finding a cost effective and acceptable solution to your issues.

Some of the topics which bring individuals and businesses to us in the area of firearms law and practice include:

  • Problems with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (formerly the ATF, then the BATF, and now the BATFE).  These problems may include federal firearms license disputes, problems with criminal records, criminal charges under the federal gun control acts, and the transfer of "Class III" weapons (e.g., machineguns, short barrel weapons, silencers, etc.)  We represent federal firearms licensees as well as individuals.

  • Handgun carry permits.  This area involves typically the denial of a civilian handgun carry permit by the Tennessee Department of Safety.  These denials may be based upon incomplete or inaccurate criminal records, and even problems involving prior criminal proceedings which may require expungements or restoration of civil rights.

  • Transfers of firearms between individuals

  • BATF audits of dealer licenses and records

  • Establishing NFA trusts, firearms trusts or other methods of corporate ownership of firearms

  • Surrender of contraband firearms

  • Issues involving the justifiable use of deadly force, also known as self-defense

  • Constitutional challenges to laws and regulations which may violate the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution and/or Article 1, Section 26 of the Tennessee Constitution.

  • The protection and preservation of sport shooting ranges and gun ranges.

This portion of our site is designed to provide you with some introductory information concerning the firearms laws that can commonly become involved with individuals and businesses.  If you have a matter that involves the purchase, sale, use or ownership of firearms, we would welcome the opportunity to review it with you.



John Harris has served as the Executive Director of the Tennessee Firearms Association since 1995.  He has served as a guest lecturer and instructor on numerous firearms related topics since that time.  Mr. Harris considers speaking invitations throughout Tennessee to talk about topics such as

  • Tennessee civilian handgun permit laws

  • the use of deadly force under Tennessee Law

  • Tennessee's handgun and firearms laws

  • firearms laws

  • the Tennessee legislative process

  • organization of gun clubs

  • the Tennessee Firearms Association

If you would like to contact Mr. Harris about speaking engagements, you can reach him at the contacts listed in his biography page.



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