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 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 Under an indictment, but not convicted, of a crime carrying a possible year-long prison sentence
Renounced U.S. citizenship Subject to a restraining order for threatening a family member
Convicted of domestic violence Dishonorably discharged from the armed forces

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.

TENNESSEE BACKGROUND CHECK DATA

 

TOTAL CHECKS PROCESSED

TOTAL FIREARMS PROCESSED DENIALS STOLEN GUNS IDENTIFIED

WANTED PERSONS IDENTIFIED

2017

504,540

562,160 20,982 449

451

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

298,618

329,965 12,728 319

313

TOTAL

3,510,944

3,869,081 135,974 3292

3348

Source: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation