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Tennessee’s gun laws are weak and its gun death rate is high. State legislators have an obligation to enact the laws proven to save lives from gun violence. 

In spite of its lack of many basic gun safety laws, Tennessee does prohibit most people subject to domestic violence convictions or court orders from possessing firearms. In 2019, Tennessee had the 12th-highest gun death rate in the country and exported crime guns at higher than the national rate. To save lives from gun violence, Tennessee legislators could require a background check and waiting period on all firearm purchases.

What Tennessee Does Well

  • Certain domestic violence gun laws
  • Certain open carry regulations
  • Disarming procedures

What Tennessee Is Missing

  • Universal background checks
  • Gun owner licensing
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Waiting periods
  • Strong concealed carry law
  • Community violence intervention funding
  • Lost & stolen firearm reporting


We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.