Bill to make parents responsible for child gun deaths shut down - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Bill to make parents responsible for child gun deaths shut down

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

“Makayla’s law” has been shut down, at least for now.

The Tennessee bill, which would have made it a crime for adults to have unlocked, loaded guns accessible to children, was voted down in the House Civil Justice Committee.

"If this bill's not the way, then what effect can be brought forth to take care of our children here in Tennessee?” asked Senator Sara Kyle.

Kyle, a Democratic Senator from Memphis, and Sherry Jones of Nashville, could barely contain their anger over the death of the bill.

The bill would have made it a crime to recklessly leave a gun accessible to a child under the age of 13.

Sponsors of the bill blame its failure on the National Rifle Association and its lobbying of Republicans who voted against it in the house committee.

"If you're going to have a gun, you should be held accountable for what's done with the gun,” Talisha Ingram said.

The law is named after an 8-year-old East Tennessee girl that was killed by an 11-year-old boy who used his father’s shotgun.

In the past 15 months, 12 children have died at the hands of other children in Tennessee.

Last year in Shelby County, 4-year-old Aabriel Jones, Jr., died after finding a gun in his house and accidentally shooting himself.

In 2014, a 6-year-old found a gun and shot a 4-year-old girl, who survived.

In 2012, a 10-year-old was accidentally shot and killed by his 12-year-old brother.

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