Tennessee State Law Summary

Posted on January 1, 2012


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Among other things, Tennessee:

  • Conducts its own background checks on firearm purchasers, in some cases allowing 15 days for complete information to be obtained;
  • Prohibits domestic violence abusers from purchasing or possessing firearms, and requires abusers subject to protection orders to surrender all firearms for the duration of the order; and
  • Mandatorily submits mental health records to the database used for firearm purchaser background checks.

Tennessee does not, however:

In 2013, Tennessee had the 12th highest number of gun deaths per capita among the states.In addition, based on data published by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, in 2009 Tennessee supplied the 22nd highest number of crime guns to other states per capita, and exports more crime guns than it imports.

Tennessee Firearms Laws

For details about specific firearms laws in Tennessee, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.