TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Apr 5, 2013

Several counties in Tennessee are not following state law to submit to the FBI court records of people involuntarily committed to mental health facilities by a judge, WSMV reports. The law was designed to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill since the information should show up when a gun seller runs a background check. The Administrative Office of the Courts estimates that 25 to 30 counties across the state are not supplying the records to the FBI for several reasons, including lack of equipment to transmit the information in the electronic format the FBI requires. Under a proposed change the General Assembly is now debating, the Administrative Office of Courts would take responsibility for seeing that all involuntary committals are reported to the FBI.