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Child Access Prevention

Tennesee has no law that imposes a penalty on someone who fails to secure an unattended firearm and leaves it accessible to an unsupervised minor.

It does, however, prohibit a parent or guardian from intentionally, knowingly or recklessly providing a handgun to a juvenile1 or permitting a juvenile to possess a handgun, if such parent or guardian knows of a substantial risk that such juvenile will use the handgun to commit a felony.2

Tennessee also prohibits any person age 18 or older, including a parent or legal guardian, who knows that a minor or student is in illegal possession of a firearm in or upon the premises of a public or private school, in or on such school’s athletic stadium or other facility or building where school sponsored athletic events are conducted, or a public park, playground or civic center, from failing to prevent the possession or failing to report the possession to the appropriate school or law enforcement officials.3

Tennessee does not otherwise impose criminal liability on adults who allow children access to firearms.

Safe Storage

Tennessee has no law that requires unattended firearms to be stored in a certain way.

Tennessee also does not require a locking device to accompany the sale of a firearm, and no state statutes require firearm owners to affirmatively lock their weapons.


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  1. “Juvenile” is defined as any person under age 18. Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1319(a)(2).[]
  2. Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1320(b).[]
  3. Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1312(a).[]