FIREARMS LAW AND PRACTICE
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
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
Tennessee civilian handgun permit laws
the use of deadly force under Tennessee Law
Tennessee's handgun and 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