Tennessee has weak gun safety laws, earning a D- in our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. In spite of its lack of many basic gun safety laws, Tennessee does prohibit domestic abusers from purchasing or possessing firearms. In 2017, Tennessee had the 11th-highest gun death rate in the country and exported crime guns at about 1.5 times the national rate. To save lives from gun violence, Tennessee legislators could require a background check and waiting period on all firearm purchases.

  • Mental health record reporting to federal background check databases

  • Uses state databases in addition to federal databases for background checks

  • Firearm prohibition for domestic abusers

  • Universal background checks

  • Assault weapon, 50 caliber rifle, and large capacity magazine ban

  • Gun dealer licensing

  • Firearm owner licensing

  • Firearm registration

  • Lost and stolen firearm reporting

  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions

  • Handgun design safety standards

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition

  • Licensing authority has discretion to deny a concealed carry permit

  • Waiting period