Gun buying requirements same at pawn shops, gun shops

Gun buying requirements same at pawn shops, gun shops

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"Bordering states can usually buy long guns with an out of state license. We personally won't do that. We want a Tennessee driver's license," says West Side Pawn manager Susan Sherrod. "Bordering states can usually buy long guns with an out of state license. We personally won't do that. We want a Tennessee driver's license," says West Side Pawn manager Susan Sherrod.

By WHITNEY HOLMES
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- Knoxville police revealed Monday that church shooting suspect Jim Adkisson's 12 gauge shotgun was purchased about a month ago at a pawn shop.

To buy a pawn shop gun, all a purchaser needs is a government issued ID, a way to pay and a pretty clean background.

"You can't have a felony. You can't have a misdemeanor of domestic violence. You can't have been adjudicated for being mentally defective," explains West Side Pawn manager Susan Sherrod.

The same goes for any federally licensed store that sells guns. They all run background checks with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for potential gun owners.

The customer fills out a one page form answering various questions, such as their criminal history, and that information is run through a state and federal database.

"We enter that information into the TBI Web site or they will call to Nashville and have the check done over the phone," Sherrod explains. "It can take anywhere from 20 minutes to three days, if the system is down."

Sherrod says to buy a handgun, you need to be 21 and have a state ID.

To buy a long gun, such as the shotgun Adkisson purchased, you just need to be 18 and have proper ID.

"Bordering states can usually buy long guns with an out of state license. We personally won't do that. We want a Tennessee driver's license," Sherrod says.

Guns don't need to be registered in Tennessee and background checks aren't done for sales between individuals.

Also, certain antique guns don't require a background check.

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