Tennessee is among 34 states that don’t require any background checks for private sales of firearms, even if the sale is handled by an online site.
But now, the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns is calling for the federal government to mandate background checks in all gun sales. It’s sparked an emotional debate that even divides gun-rights advocates. Opponents decry the idea as an affront to individual freedoms and say citizens should be able to sell private property without government interference.
But supporters argue that guns sales should require more accountability on the part of the seller and the buyer to reduce the chances that a gun will fall into the wrong hands.
Read the rest of Brian Haas’s article at The Tennessean.