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    Tn or Ky, which is pistol purchase and CCW friendlier?

    Few questions for folks from Tennessee and Kentucky. I might have an opportunity to move to one state or the other in the near future - is one or the other friendlier to purchase a handgun in over the other? What I'm referring to is whether purchase permits have to be obtained first thru local departments (lived in NC for 8 years and had to deal with that fiasco), or any arbitrary purchase limits (like the "one-a-month" BS in Virginia, where I spent 5 years), or any mandatory waiting periods before taking possession (grew up the Peoples' Republic of Maryland), or is it as simple and straight-forward as SC (where I currently live) by showing proper ID, filling out the paperwork, and walking out the door with purchase in hand? Also, any mag cap limitations, or EBR restrictions?

    Finally, is obtaining a CCW easier or less expensive in one or the other? I've been dragging my feet getting around to getting a SC CCW, and now it would be pointless if it turns out I'm moving in a month or two.

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    Right off hand I think TN takes a finger print at purchase time making them less friendly to me.
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    Tennessee

    Yes, TN requires a fingerprint at purchase: don't all states? Anyway, you fill out a form, give them your thumbprints (no other fingers), wait to pass the TBI check (Usually about 10 minutes), then out the door you go, that's it.

    Getting your CCW is not difficult. Take the class ($75 for mine), pay for the permit: I forget how much: $100??. Renew it every four years for $50 (I think). I need to renew mine soon. Oh yes, the first time you get a permit to carry (and it is not CCW permit, it is a handgun carry permit. CCW technically not required in TN. I know at least one guy who carries openly.) they take all your prints. Then wait 6-8 weeks, and your permit comes in the mail.

    I've never lived in KY, but I think TN is no problem.

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    Yes, TN requires a fingerprint at purchase: don't all states?
    I don't think that many states take it that far in treating you like a criminal for purchasing a gun, its not even that bad in IL.
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    Kentucky

    No fingerprint required for pistol purchase! Ya’ll put up with that down south?
    No monthly maximum number of purchases
    No waiting period
    KnobCreek & twice a year machinegun shoots
    Massive twice a year gun shows in Louisville (at the state convention center)
    Downside paying sales tax when purchasing from Bud’s gunshop

    CCDW(deadly weapon) Permit $65 for permit& background check (add $4 or $5 most County sheriff’s will take the photo for you) permit is good for 5 years &
    ~$65 for the class you only need the class 1st for the initial permit but it is 6hours of boring lawyerisms followed by a way too easy proficiency test. You can take the proficiency test with any pistol not necessarily the one you will be carrying.
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    Fingerprint? WOW!

    And I thought North Carolina was bad!

    And look where I live!


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    Ky permit is deadly weapon permit Can carry more than a hand gun and more than 1 gun. If you have new Permit No wait while dealer does back ground check. He uses your permit number. . Kentucky also doesn't give NO gun signs at stores any weight . If you are caught with a CC all they can do is tell you to leave. No law broked unless you refuse. The law says where you can't carry and you employee can't stop a pistol in your car either.
    Ky gun friendly.
    TN way behind as always.
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    How long has the fingerprint been required in TN? I've been gone a while, but the only prints I ever provided were for my carry permit.

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    How long has the fingerprint been required in TN? I've been gone a while, but the only prints I ever provided were for my carry permit.
    TN isn't the only state that does that, not that anyone asked. But I'm pretty sure I got fingerprinted in SC back in the late 80s when I bought a pistol back then. Don't know if they still do that or not.

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    Go with KY if it's an option.

    TN has the fingerprint fiasco, they charge $10 for the priviledge of doing the check on you, and the extra 4% in sales tax adds up on a gun purchase!

    I really like TN, don't get me wrong, but KY is a bit better in the gun buying area.
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    Thanks guys for all the replies. I've been doing some internet checking as well, but firsthand experience from locals can really help fill the voids.

    Tn wants a fingerprint huh? Well, while I don't like that kind of intrusion, it's still better than NC's purchase permit crappola - you're at the mercy of the sheriff, and each one can be real different. For example, I lived in Hertford Co for 7 years and never had an issue with getting a permit (except for @ a 7 day wait to receive it). Deputy once tried to tell me I had to register my pistol with them after I got it - I politely asked where that was specified in the law, and she said "well actually we just really recommend it" - to which I politely responded "oh, okay, thank you" and left, not to return until I needed the next permit. Then moved to Vance Co, bought a pistol via GunBroker, and went to the Sheriff there for the permit - was told "sorry, you have to be a resident for a year" WTF!?! Had been a NC resident for 7 years - "no, a resident of Vance Co for a year" !@#)_+#)~_@!!! Appealed to the Sheriff himself, who finally did go ahead and "graciously" waive the "rule" for me, after lots of polite begging and groveling on my part.

    Sc was a real breath of fresh air purchase-wise. Bought an XD a week after moving down with no hassles or oddball requirements at all.

    Anyhow, enough of a sidetrack, thanks for the info! Think I'll lean more towards KY if things proceed successfully.

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    In a lot of ways, it is currently not much different. KY has some advantages, TN has some.

    We may be getting rid of a very anti-gun speaker in January, so TN gun laws may be getting a LOT better here soon.
    Lets give Tennessee the best gun laws in the country!
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