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Civilian Guns

Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

ChartIn Tennessee, the percentage of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2004: 47.0%1
2002: 46.4%2
2001: 43.9%3

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In Tennessee, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2004: 52.35%4

Proportion of Households with Firearms by Decade

ChartIn Tennessee, the percentage of households with one or more guns is estimated to be

2001/2010: 64.5%5 6
1991/2000: 72.3%
1981/1990: 74.7%

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Tennessee, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 1,0207
2013: 1,030
2012: 995
2011: 948
2010: 932
2009: 966
2008: 985
2007: 924
2006: 943
2005: 976
2004: 869
2003: 837
2002: 905
2001: 845
2000: 898
1999: 848

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Tennessee, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2014: 15.577
2013: 15.85
2012: 15.41
2011: 14.82
2010: 14.69
2009: 15.32
2008: 15.77
2007: 14.96
2006: 15.49
2005: 16.29
2004: 14.70
2003: 14.31
2002: 15.61
2001: 14.69
2000: 15.78
1999: 15.04

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Tennessee, annual homicides by any means total

2013: 4057
2012: 471
2011: 444
2010: 410
2009: 496
2008: 479
2007: 475
2006: 486
2005: 495
2004: 417
2003: 438
2002: 467
2001: 454
2000: 471
1999: 423

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Tennessee, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 6.237
2012: 7.30
2011: 6.94
2010: 6.46
2009: 7.87
2008: 7.67
2007: 7.69
2006: 7.98
2005: 8.26
2004: 7.05
2003: 7.49
2002: 8.06
2001: 7.89
2000: 8.28
1999: 7.50

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Tennessee, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 3097
2012: 327
2011: 309
2010: 293
2009: 347
2008: 336
2007: 343
2006: 330
2005: 371
2004: 286
2003: 299
2002: 323
2001: 307
2000: 343
1999: 286

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Tennessee, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 4.767
2012: 5.07
2011: 4.83
2010: 4.62
2009: 5.50
2008: 5.38
2007: 5.55
2006: 5.42
2005: 6.19
2004: 4.84
2003: 5.11
2002: 5.57
2001: 5.34
2000: 6.03
1999: 5.07

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Tennessee, according to figures8 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 1529 10
2012: 183
2011: 172
2010: 146
2009: 200
2008: 170
2007: 190
2006: 211
2005: 203
2004: 142
2003: 185
2002: 167
2001: 177
2000: 176
1999: 148
1998: 215
1997: 217
1996: 243
1995: 253

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Tennessee, according to figures11 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 2.3412
2012: 2.83
2011: 2.69
2010: 2.30
2009: 3.17
2008: 2.72
2007: 3.08
2006: 3.47
2005: 3.39
2004: 2.40
2003: 3.16
2002: 2.88
2001: 3.08
2000: 3.09
1999: 2.62
1998: 3.86
1997: 3.95
1996: 4.49
1995: 4.75

Handgun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Tennessee, according to figures8 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 16
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 12
2004: 13
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 10
2001: 16
2000: 17
1999: 19

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Tennessee, according to figures11 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Tennessee, according to figures14 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 209 10
2012: 13
2011: 20
2010: 23
2009: 35
2008: 30
2007: 22
2006: 23
2005: 38
2004: 28
2003: 24
2002: 25
2001: 25
2000: 40
1999: 35
1998: 41
1997: 43
1996: 30
1995: 46

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Tennessee, according to figures15 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.3112
2012: 0.20
2011: 0.31
2010: 0.36
2009: 0.56
2008: 0.48
2007: 0.36
2006: 0.38
2005: 0.63
2004: 0.47
2003: 0.41
2002: 0.43
2001: 0.43
2000: 0.70
1999: 0.62
1998: 0.74
1997: 0.78
1996: 0.55
1995: 0.86

Long Gun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Tennessee, according to figures14 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 13
2010: 13
2009: 25
2008: 21
2007: 14
2006: 13
2005: 34
2004: 28
2003: 12
2002: 19
2001: 24
2000: 28
1999: 18

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Tennessee, according to figures15 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.40
2008: 0.34
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.57
2004: 0.47
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.42
2000: 0.49
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Tennessee, according to figures16 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 519 10
2012: 58
2011: 52
2010: 50
2009: 60
2008: 40
2007: 40
2006: 37
2005: 60
2004: 51
2003: 49
2002: 84
2001: 71
2000: 67
1999: 54
1998: 16
1997: 23
1996: 6
1995: 8

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Tennessee, according to figures17 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.7812
2012: 0.90
2011: 0.81
2010: 0.79
2009: 0.95
2008: 0.64
2007: 0.65
2006: 0.61
2005: 1.00
2004: 0.86
2003: 0.84
2002: 1.45
2001: 1.23
2000: 1.17
1999: 0.96
1998: 0.29
1997: 0.42
1996: 0.11
1995: 0.15

Gun Homicides (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn Tennessee, according to figures16 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 29413 10
2012: 315
2011: 293
2010: 277
2009: 317
2008: 299
2007: 321
2006: 313
2005: 325
2004: 245
2003: 280
2002: 294
2001: 267
2000: 298
1999: 249

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Tennessee, according to figures17 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 4.5313 10
2012: 4.88
2011: 4.58
2010: 4.36
2009: 5.03
2008: 4.79
2007: 5.20
2006: 5.14
2005: 5.42
2004: 4.14
2003: 4.79
2002: 5.07
2001: 4.64
2000: 5.24
1999: 4.42

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Tennessee, annual suicides by any means total

2013: 1,0307
2012: 978
2011: 955
2010: 943
2009: 947
2008: 973
2007: 844
2006: 874
2005: 856
2004: 792
2003: 762
2002: 778
2001: 711
2000: 730
1999: 726

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Tennessee, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 15.867
2012: 15.15
2011: 14.93
2010: 14.86
2009: 15.02
2008: 15.57
2007: 13.67
2006: 14.35
2005: 14.29
2004: 13.40
2003: 13.03
2002: 13.42
2001: 12.36
2000: 12.83
1999: 12.88

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Tennessee, annual firearm suicides total

2013: 6767
2012: 626
2011: 591
2010: 585
2009: 574
2008: 609
2007: 545
2006: 569
2005: 552
2004: 526
2003: 493
2002: 521
2001: 480
2000: 501
1999: 497

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Tennessee, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 10.417
2012: 9.70
2011: 9.24
2010: 9.22
2009: 9.10
2008: 9.75
2007: 8.82
2006: 9.35
2005: 9.21
2004: 8.90
2003: 8.43
2002: 8.99
2001: 8.35
2000: 8.81
1999: 8.81

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Tennessee, annual handgun suicides total

2013: 3513
2012: 21
2011: 28
2010: 30
2009: 23
2008: 25
2007: 25
2006: 27
2005: 16
2004: 25
2003: 27
2002: 33
2001: 44
2000: 44
1999: 52

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Tennessee, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.5413
2012: 0.33
2011: 0.44
2010: 0.47
2009: 0.36
2008: 0.40
2007: 0.40
2006: 0.44
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.42
2003: 0.46
2002: 0.57
2001: 0.77
2000: 0.77
1999: 0.92

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Tennessee, the number of long gun suicides is

2013: 5813
2012: 48
2011: 50
2010: 51
2009: 60
2008: 66
2007: 70
2006: 61
2005: 62
2004: 58
2003: 52
2002: 48
2001: 59
2000: 54
1999: 52

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Tennessee, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.8913
2012: 0.74
2011: 0.78
2010: 0.80
2009: 0.95
2008: 1.06
2007: 1.13
2006: 1.00
2005: 1.03
2004: 0.98
2003: 0.89
2002: 0.83
2001: 1.03
2000: 0.95
1999: 0.92

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Tennessee, annual gun suicides (other) total

2013: 58313
2012: 557
2011: 513
2010: 504
2009: 491
2008: 518
2007: 450
2006: 481
2005: 474
2004: 443
2003: 414
2002: 440
2001: 377
2000: 403
1999: 393

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Tennessee, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 8.9713
2012: 8.63
2011: 8.01
2010: 7.94
2009: 7.79
2008: 8.29
2007: 7.29
2006: 7.90
2005: 7.91
2004: 7.49
2003: 7.08
2002: 7.59
2001: 6.56
2000: 7.08
1999: 6.97

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Tennessee, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2013: 197
2012: 25
2011: 27
2010: 32
2009: 29
2008: 17
2007: 22
2006: 30
2005: 36
2004: 38
2003: 37
2002: 46
2001: 49
2000: 44
1999: 47

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Tennessee, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.297
2012: 0.39
2011: 0.42
2010: 0.50
2009: 0.46
2008: 0.27
2007: 0.36
2006: 0.49
2005: 0.60
2004: 0.64
2003: 0.63
2002: 0.79
2001: 0,85
2000: 0.77
1999: 0.83

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Tennessee, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Tennessee, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Tennessee, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Tennessee, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Tennessee, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2013: 1813
2012: 20
2011: 22
2010: 25
2009: 25
2008: 15
2007: 22
2006: 23
2005: 32
2004: 36
2003: 33
2002: 40
2001: 40
2000: 39
1999: 42

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Tennessee, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.31
2011: 0.34
2010: 0.39
2009: 0.40
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.36
2006: 0.38
2005: 0.53
2004: 0.61
2003: 0.56
2002: 0.69
2001: 0.70
2000: 0.69
1999: 0.74

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Tennessee, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 197
2012: 14
2011: 14
2010: 16
2009: 15
2008: 19
2007: 12
2006: 9
2005: 14
2004: 17
2003: 5
2002: 12
2001: 6
2000: 5
1999: 13

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Tennessee, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.297
2012: 0.22
2011: 0.22
2010: 0.25
2009: 0.24
2008: 0.30
2007: 0.19
2006: 0.15
2005: 0.23
2004: 0.29
2003: 0.09
2002: 0.21
2001: 0.10
2000: 0.09
1999: 0.23

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Tennessee, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Tennessee, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Tennessee, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Tennessee, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Tennessee, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 1813
2012: 14
2011: 13
2010: 15
2009: 14
2008: 17
2007: 10
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 11
2004: 15
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Tennessee, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Justifiable Gun Homicides

ChartIn Tennessee, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 5018
2010: 33
2009: 21
2008: 2819
2007: 39
2006: 23
2005: 31
2004: 24
2003: 26
2002: 28
2001: 3120
2000: 11
1999: 30
1998: 31
1997: 33
1996: 16
1995: 17

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Origin of Crime Guns

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rate)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, interstate gun traffickers had sourced their weapons from Tennessee at a rate of 18.621 per 100,000 inhabitants

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rank)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, Tennessee ranked at No. 2221 out of 51 US jurisdictions as a source of weapons for interstate gun trafficking

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Tennessee is categorised as permissive22

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Tennessee includes the Tennessee Code and the Constitution of Tennessee 187023

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Tennessee are regulated by the State of Tennessee and local governments (only for regulations enacted before 8 April 1986)24 25 26

Right to Possess Firearms

In Tennessee, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,27 as limited by federal law28 and state law29 25 26

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Tennessee, civilians are not allowed to possess machine guns, unless manufactured prior to 19 May 1986,30 but civilians are allowed to possess assault weapons,31 .50 calibre rifles32 and large capacity ammunition magazines33 25 26

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Tennessee, private possession of fully automatic weapons is permitted subject to federal licensing and registration30 34 25 26

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Tennessee, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted without a licence31 25 26

Regulation of Handguns

In Tennessee, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted without a licence35 36 25 26

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Tennessee, non-prohibited persons of minimum age36 35 25 26 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Tennessee is 18 years for handgun possession (no minimum age for rifles or shotguns) and for purchase of long guns37 25 26

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Tennessee stipulates38 25 26 that firearm possession should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Tennessee, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required for a permit to carry a hidden handgun39 25 26

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Tennessee, the law does not require40 25 26 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Tennessee, licensed firearm dealers are required41 25 26 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Tennessee, the private sale and transfer of firearms is permitted42 25 26

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Tennessee, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is not unlawful43 25 26

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Tennessee is not obliged44 42 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Tennessee is obliged44 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Tennessee, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is not limited45 25 26

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

ChartThe number of licensed firearm dealers in Tennessee is reported to be

2015: 3,48246
2014: 3,50047
2013: 3,51648
2012: 3,31649
2011: 3,08650

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Tennessee, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined51 25 26

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Tennessee, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated52 25 26 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Tennessee do not include53 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private guns and ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in Tennessee do not include54 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Although regulations in Tennessee do not include53 55 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit, US federal law does apply56

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Tennessee, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law57 58 59 60 25 26

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Tennessee, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not61 25 26 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Tennessee, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit for loaded handguns and without a permit for unloaded rifles, shotguns or handguns62 25 26

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Tennessee, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit39 25 26

Hidden Handgun Permit May, or Shall Be Issued

In Tennessee, local licensing authorities "shall issue", without room for discretion,39 63 25 26 a hidden handgun carry permit to any non-prohibited person who applies

Reciprocity for Hidden Handgun Permit Holders

In Tennessee, gun owners with a permit to carry hidden handguns issued in another jurisdiction are granted (by mutual agreement)39 25 26 reciprocal rights

Exempting Hidden Handgun Permit Holders from Background Checks

In Tennessee, gun owners with a valid permit to carry a hidden handgun are not exempt39 25 26 from background checks when buying from a licensed gun dealer

Gun Free Zones

In Tennessee, private guns are prohibited in bars and restaurants, courtrooms, game reserves (outside hunting season, with exceptions), any prohibited state or local authority buildings or facilities, any prohibited place,64 vehicles (loaded long guns)55 and schools65 25 26

Grading US State Gun Laws

Gun Law Ranking – LCPGV

In their 'A-F' State Scorecard of US gun laws, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranked Tennessee as ‘F’66

Gun Law Ranking – Brady Campaign

ChartIn its annual State Scorecard, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence scored firearm legislation in Tennessee on a scale of 0 points (weak) to 100 points (strong)

2011: 867
2010: 868
2009: 869
2008: 770
2007: 771

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked Tennessee at No. 2572 among 50 US States


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