• (a) A person commits an offense who, with intent to deceive:

    • Terms Used In Tennessee Code 39-16-702

      • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
      • Handgun: means any firearm with a barrel length of less than twelve inches (12") that is designed, made or adapted to be fired with one (1) hand. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
      • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
      • Oath: means a solemn and formal undertaking to tell the truth and includes an equivalent affirmation permitted by law as a substitute for an oath administered by a person authorized by law to take statements under oath. See Tennessee Code 39-16-701
      • Person: includes the singular and the plural and means and includes any individual, firm, partnership, copartnership, association, corporation, governmental subdivision or agency, or other organization or other legal entity, or any agent or servant thereof. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
      • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
      • Statement: means any representation of fact. See Tennessee Code 39-16-701

      (1) Makes a false statement, under oath;

    • (2) Makes a statement, under oath, that confirms the truth of a false statement previously made and the statement is required or authorized by law to be made under oath;

    • (3) Makes a false statement, not under oath, but on an official document required or authorized by law to be made under oath and stating on its face that a false statement is subject to the penalties of perjury; or

    • (4) Makes a false statement, not under oath, but in a declaration stating on its face that it is made under penalty of perjury.

  • (b)

    • (1) Perjury is a Class A misdemeanor.

    • (2) Perjury committed on an application for a handgun carry permit under § 39-17-1351 is a Class E felony. Each application for a handgun carry permit shall clearly state in bold face type directly above the signature line that an applicant who, with intent to deceive, makes any false statement on the application is guilty of the felony offense of perjury.

    • (3) Perjury committed on a sexual offender or violent sexual offender TBI registration form under title 40, chapter 39, part 2, is a Class E felony. Each TBI registration form shall clearly state in bold face type directly above the signature line that an applicant who, with the intent to deceive, makes any false statement on the application is guilty of the felony offense of perjury.