A law that would have made it a crime if loaded firearms are left near children failed in the Tennessee House Civil Justice committee 2-7.
Named for McKayla Dyer, an 8-year-old girl from White Pine who was shot and killed by another boy over a puppy, Makayla’s Law would have created a Class C felony if a firearm is left loaded and accessible to a child under 13.
Nashville, Tenn (March 22, 2016) – Tennessee Democratic Party Chairwoman Mary Mancini released the following statement on the Republican vote to defeat MaKayla’s Law in the House Civil Justice committee today:
“It’s disturbing enough that we lose so many children in Tennessee to senseless, preventable gun violence because an adult failed to store their gun responsibly. But what’s even more disturbing is that the NRA has so much influence on Tennessee Republicans that they would kill this common sense bill in a secret committee pre-meeting, out of the public view.
“If your priority is to protect irresponsible gun owners from prosecution at the expense of children dying, you should at least have to make that argument in an open, public meeting, rather than colluding in secret with the NRA.”