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Expanded Background Checks

The most dangerous gap in federal firearm laws today is by far the background check loophole. Although federal law requires licensed firearm dealers to perform background checks on prospective purchasers, it does not require unlicensed sellers to do so. A 2017 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine estimated that 22% of US gun owners acquired their most recent firearm

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POLICY

Safe Tennessee will be primarily focused on four legislative proposals in 2019. Strengthening firearm dispossessionTennessee is consistently in the top ten states for women murdered by men. Tennessee is also one of thirteen states that allow people prohibited from possessing guns to transfer them to a third party. However, our state’s third party dispossession laws are by far the weakest.

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THE SAFE TENNESSEE PROJECT RESPONDS TO THE SUTHERLAND SPRINGS SHOOTING 

“Once again, we find ourselves struggling to comprehend yet another mass shooting and staggering loss of life.  One again, our hearts are broken for the families of those who were lost, many of whom were children.  Our thoughts are with those still fighting for their lives, with the first responders, and the entire Sutherland Springs community. Since the Sandy Hook

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Tennessee Background Check Data

In Tennessee, all prospective gun buyers, or those redeeming a firearm from pawn, from a licensed firearm dealer are required to undergo a background check via the Tennessee Instant Check System (TICS) which is administered by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI). The TBI publishes statistics on the number of background checks performed for the year.  The statistics include monthly

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THE CASE FOR BACKGROUND CHECKS

This year, Rep. Mike Stewart and Sen. Sara Kyle are sponsoring legislation that would require all gun purchases to undergo a background check.  Over 90% of Americans  and a large majority of Tennesseans support expanding background checks. The bill will be up for a vote in both the House Civil Justice Subcommittee and the Senate Judiciary on April 5. US Police

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