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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2022 ‘Maintaining Records of Gun Sales in Tennessee.’ Gun Sales. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 22 January

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Retention of Sales and Background Check Records in Tennessee

Tennessee law provides that, before a firearm is delivered to a purchaser, a gun dealer must complete a firearms transaction record in accordance with federal law. Tennessee law does not specify how long these records must be retained. A law enforcement agency may inspect the records of a gun dealer relating to transfers of firearms in the course of a reasonable inquiry during a criminal investigation or under the authority of a properly authorized subpoena or search warrant.

The gun dealer must transmit information regarding each firearm sale to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) in the course of running a background check on the purchaser. However, Tennessee law requires that for all approved background checks, TBI must destroy all records associating a particular individual with a particular purchase of firearms…

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