Tennessee penalizes a gun dealer who fails to initiate the federally required background check.1 Tennessee law also requires a person who is purchasing a gun from a dealer to present valid identification.2

Tennessee administrative regulations state that anyone who performs or attempts a “straw purchase” or transfer is in violation of the law and will be reported to ATF.3 A “straw purchase” is defined as “[a] purchase or transfer of a firearm made by an individual who is not obtaining the firearm for himself/herself or as a gift but rather for an individual who is disqualified from receiving or possessing a firearm.”4 Another administrative regulation states that a firearm transfer must be denied if the purchaser “provide[s] false information to purchase or transfer a firearm.”5

See our Firearms Trafficking policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.


  1. Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1316(c). ⤴︎
  2. Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1316(c), (f). ⤴︎
  3. Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 1395-1-3-.05(5). ⤴︎
  4. Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 1395-1-3-.02(30). ⤴︎
  5. Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 1395-1-3-.05(1)(n). ⤴︎