In the recent legislative session, State Senator Sara Kyle worked with The Safe Tennessee Project on "MaKayla's Law", a bill that would have held parents responsible if a child under thirteen gained access to their loaded, unsecured gun, fired it, and injured or killed themselves or someone else.
"Another child with access to a loaded gun leads to yet another 100% preventable tragedy, " said Beth Joslin Roth, policy director of The Safe Tennessee Project. "This little girl was only 2-years-old- a baby! When we brought this issue to legislators, they were dismissive of our concerns. They said parents just need to tell kids not touch guns. Perhaps they've not spent time with toddlers. Or tweens or teens, for that matter. If you're going to have firearms in a home with children, the responsibility to keep kids from hurting themselves with the gun is solely on the parents. And, if their decision to irresponsibly store their gun leads to a child being injured or killed, they need to held accountable. Period."