Current Issues in Criminal Law in Tennessee - Gun Control


28 Feb

With the rise of terrorist activity and shootings both in our State and in the United States of America as well as multiple other geographical regions, the topic of gun control has become a popular political area to discuss. Obviously, there are many different ideas out there; however, our focus is on the law.  Statistics indicate that gun violence and the youth is a predominant issue in the State of Tennessee.  The focus of Tennessee legislation seems to be on how a gun is purchased.  Licensed dealers are prohibited from selling handguns to anyone under 21 and from selling rifles and shotguns to anyone under 18. You have to go through a background check when you purchase a firearm from a licensed dealer.  This means that you fill out a BATFE background form and pass a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) background check.  This is true whether you buy locally or through an online dealer.  Guns bought from online dealers have to be shipped to a local gun dealer so that the test can be run.  There is no waiting period. If you purchase from a private dealer, then there is no background check.  Carry permits are required for handguns, but not shotguns and rifles.  This is regardless of your age.  Since the AR-15 is classified as a rifle, anyone over the age of 18 can obtain one.  There is a lot of debate at the federal level over whether a citizen should be able to purchase such a rifle that can’t be used for recreational hunting.  The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." Should you need to consult a criminal defense attorney with questions about your options or the process, either call (423) 424-6208 or click on WWW.KJONESLAWYERS.COM

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