Posted on January 1, 2012
Private firearm transfers (i.e., transfers by non-firearms dealers) are not subject to a background check requirement in Tennessee.
Tennessee prohibits any person from purchasing or attempting to purchase a firearm knowing that he or she is prohibited by state or federal law from owning, possessing or purchasing a gun.1
Tennessee also prohibits any person from selling or offering to sell a firearm to a person with knowledge that the prospective purchaser is prohibited by state or federal law from owning, possessing or purchasing a firearm.2
See the Tennessee Minimum Age to Purchase or Possess Firearms section for age restrictions.
No person may intentionally, knowingly or recklessly sell a firearm or ammunition to a person who is intoxicated.3
Finally, any person who gives or sells a firearm to a service recipient (defined as a person who is receiving service, has applied for service, or for whom someone has applied for or proposed service because the person has a mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, or a developmental disability)4 in a hospital or developmental center, whether on the premises of the facility or elsewhere, knowing such person to be suffering from a mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, or developmental disability, is criminally liable for a felony.5
See the section entitled Firearms Trafficking in Tennessee for laws aimed at gun trafficking.
See our Private Sales policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.