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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2021 ‘Firearm Prohibitions in Tennessee.’ Who Can Have a Gun. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 14 May
Prohibited Purchasers Generally in Tennessee
Federal law prohibits certain persons from purchasing or possessing firearms, such as felons, certain domestic abusers, and certain people with a history of mental illness.
Tennessee law prohibits the possession of a firearm by any person:
- Convicted of a felony involving the use or attempted use of force, violence or a deadly weapon;
- Convicted of a felony drug offense;
- Convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence while remaining subject to the disabilities of such a conviction;
- Possessing a firearm while subject to an order of protection;
- Under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance (handguns only); or
- Prohibited from possessing a firearm under any other provision of federal or state law
Tennessee prohibits anyone convicted of a felony from possessing a handgun.
Tennessee prohibits juveniles (persons under age 18) from knowingly possessing a handgun.
In addition, Tennessee prohibits any person from selling a firearm to any person:
1) convicted of stalking;
2) addicted to alcohol;
3) ineligible to receive a firearm under federal law;
4) judicially committed to a mental institution; or
5) adjudicated as a mental defective…
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