Commerical Appeal: Penalize adult gun owners who leave weapons accessible, mother pleads

State Senator Sara Kyle sponsors Makayla's Law, a bill to penalize adult gun owners who leave loaded guns unlocked and accessible if children under age 13 get them.

LaTasha Dyer, mother of an 8-year-old girl shot to death by an 11-year-old neighbor last October in Jefferson County, urged state lawmakers Tuesday to pass a bill to penalize adult gun owners who leave loaded guns unlocked and accessible if children under age 13 get them.

"As a mom, I never thought I would outlive one of my children but last year my 8-year old daughter Makayla Dyer was killed by our neighbor. She wouldn't show him our puppy. Our family is devastated by this avoidable tragedy," she said in support of the bill named MaKayla's Law after her daughter.

"If the gun had been simply locked away and not loaded, Makayla would still be here," Dyer said. "Please help me make sure MaKayla's horrible fate isn't shared by one more child. Support Tennessee lawmakers working to strengthen child-access prevention laws to make gun owners store their firearms safely."

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