Tennessee

Introduction

Over 1.8 million Tennessee residents experience intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. Fortunately, many victims survive these traumatic events; however, Tennessee reported 945 domestic violence homicides from 2009 to 2018. Although Tennessee doesn’t report the mechanism of death, evidence suggests firearms are a significant contributing factor. An abuser’s access to firearms can determine a victim’s chances of survival; domestic violence firearm prohibitions and removal laws save lives.

Tennessee prohibits possession of firearms by persons convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence and persons subject to a final domestic violence order of protection. Tennessee requires removal of firearms from persons subject to final domestic violence orders of protection.

This page was updated May 6, 2020. Please note that data used are the most recent available data.