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Can felons in TN. own/possess BB guns, Black powder weapons

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Can felons in TN. own/possess BB guns, Black powder weapons and archery equipment? (not carried as concealed)

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In the state of Tennessee, domestic assault and domestic injunctions trigger lifetime gun prohibition. Otherwise, restoration of gun rights under Tennessee law requires a convicted citizen to petition for the restoration, and a chief law enforcement officer must endorse the petition or testify on behalf of the petitioning felon. The petition should ask for the restoration of the right to vote, the right to seek and hold public office, the right to serve on a jury, and the right to possess a firearm. Tennessee Law prohibits a felon whose rights have been restored from possessing a handgun if the conviction is for violent felonies or for a felony drug conviction. T.C.A. 39-17-1307(b)(1)

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By definition, a firearm is a weapon that is designed to expel a projectile by the action of smokeless or black powder. This would preclude archery equipment and some BB guns.

The complete Tennessee code for gun laws may be read by clicking here.

As state laws are always changing, I recommend that you confirm this by contacting State Law Enforcement or the Attorney General's office:

  • State Law Enforcement:
    Tennessee Department of SafetyXXXXXbr />Nashville, Tennessee 37249
    Phone:(NNN) NNN-NNNNbr />Fax:(NNN) NNN-NNNNbr />Web Homepage
    Email: [email protected]
  • Attorney General:
    Attorney GeneralXXXXXNorth
    Nashville, Tennessee 37243
    Phone:(NNN) NNN-NNNNbr />Fax: Unk
    Web Homepage
    Email: [email protected]
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