Any current POST certified firearms instructor or an instructor at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy may qualify retired officers for LEOSA. A list of POST certified firearms instructors can be obtained from TN POST.
Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission
Tennessee allows for two options for Retired Law Enforcement Officers to carry firearms into retirement:
1. Valid in Tennessee only – In accordance with T.C.A. § 38-8-116 (does not conform to Title 18 USCA § 926B or 926C - LEOSA) a retired LEO certified under this option is not permitted to carry a firearm outside of Tennessee unless otherwise authorized. A TBI/FBI criminal history record check and qualification to carry a firearm of the same type according to the standards established by the Tennessee POST Commission are required every four years.
2. Pursuant to T.C.A. § 38-8-123, (conforms to the requirements of Title 18 USCA 926B and 926C a retired LEO certified under this option is eligible to carry a firearm nationwide under federal law. This certification requires an annual qualification to carry a firearm of the same type according to the standards established by the Tennessee POST Commission and an annual TBI/FBI criminal history record check. This certification is valid for only one year.
Contact TN POST for either a LEOSA Initial Letter and LEOSA Initial Packet or a LEOSA Renewal Letter and LEOSA Renewal Packet for either option.
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