|Tennessee lock picking laws|
As of July 2007 it appears to be a FELONY to merely posses lock picks and related equipment in Tennessee if you are not a registered locksmith. Previously it was a misdemeanor to commit a crime using lockpicking equipment, possession itself was not a crime. The ALOA has an abstract that outlines the changes to Tennessee code. Here is the actual Tennessee code: http://www.state.tn.us/sos/acts/104/pub/pc0885.pdf
Currently locksport groups are investigating ways of mitigating this issue.
39-14-701. Possession of burglary tools.
A person who possesses any tool, machine or implement with intent to use the same, or allow the same to be used, to commit any burglary, commits a Class A misdemeanor.
[Acts 1989, ch. 591, § 1.]