Can the abuser have a gun?
Once you get a protection order, there may be laws that prohibit the respondent from having a gun in his/her possession. If the order was issued after notice and a hearing (not an ex parte order), then the order should have language that instructs the abuser (respondent) to:
- get rid of his/her firearms by “any lawful means,” such as transferring them to a third party who is not prohibited from possessing firearms or selling them, within 48 hours; and
- not have firearms for so long as the order of protection or any follow-up orders of protection are in effect.1
A violation of either of the above orders can be a Class A misdemeanor crime.2
You can read more about keeping an abuser from accessing guns on the National Domestic Violence and Firearms Resource Center’s website.
1 TN ST § 36-3-625(a)
2 TN ST §§ 36-3-625(a)(h); 39-13-113(h)