Monday night, Newsweek Magazine published an investigative story on MaKayla’s Law and the NRA’s role in defeating it and passing guns on campus. The story will appear in print when the magazine hits newsstands later this week. The Safe Tennessee Project is featured in the story that includes interviews with lawmakers who voted against it, email exchanges between the NRA’s lobbyist and legislators, and an interview with the woman who developed the NRA’s Eddie Eagle program and her feelings about the program being used to thwart efforts to pass responsible storage laws.
The story is featured on Newsweek.com and on The Trace. The Newsweek version includes a video.
MaKayla’s Law will be brought back in the 2017 legislative session.
CHILDREN AND UNSECURED GUNS IN TENNESSEE BY THE NUMBERS
2015 INJURIES AND DEATHS DUE TO UNSECURED FIREARMS -YEAR TOTAL
Total Incidents: 22
2016 INJURIES AND DEATHS DUE TO UNSECURED FIREARMS – YEAR TO DATE
Total incidents: 18
MaKayla’s Law was voted down along party lines on March 22, 2016. There have since been a number of incidents related to children gaining access to loaded guns.
INJURIES AND DEATHS DUE TO UNSECURED FIREARMS – SINCE THE DEFEAT OF MAKAYLA’S LAW
Total incidents: 12
Youngest fatality: 3-year-old boy shot himself in Clarksville in July
Details about each incident can be found on the Safe Tennessee Project website.
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