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 and annual totals for the number of checks/transactions processed, the number of firearms processed (some purchasers may purchase more than one gun as a single transaction), the number of transactions that are denied, the number of stolen guns identified and the number of wanted people identified through the background checks process.

Anyone who feels that their denial was in error may appeal the decision.  Some denials may be overturned.  Possible reasons for being denied include:

> Convicted of a felony .                                                                                                                                                                                                    > Convicted in any court of a crime which is punishable by a term of more than one year or a misdemeanor punishable by more than two years.
> Convicted in any court of a crime which is punishable by a term of more than one year or a misdemeanor punishable by more than two years. > Indicted for a crime punishable by more than one year
> A fugitive from justice > A user of illegal drugs or an addict
> Involuntarily committed to a mental institution > Dishonorably discharged from the armed forces
> Renounced U.S. citizenship > Subject to a restraining order for threatening a family member
> Convicted of domestic violence  >Under an indictment, but not convicted, of a crime carrying a possible year-long prison sentence

 

TENNESSEE BACKGROUND CHECKS

TOTAL CHECKS PROCESSED

TOTAL FIREARMS PROCESSED DENIALS STOLEN GUNS IDENTIFIED WANTED PERSONS IDENTIFIED

2016

541,002 551,305 20,243 502

551

2015

510,233 566.889 19,880 400

471

2014

428,017 492,257 17,684 434

426

2013

418,596 461,635 13,362 382

308

2012

462,146 509,982 18,023 441

469

2011

347,792 394,888 13,072 365

359

2010

298,832 329,965 12,728 319

313

TOTALS

3,006,618 3,306,921 94,749 2,843 2,897

Source: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation