MaKayla’s Law and Safe Tennessee featured in national Newsweek story

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.

Newsweek

When Kids Pull the Trigger, Who is Responsible?  Not the Gun Owners, the NRA Says

The Trace

MaKayla Dyer Lost Her Life Over a Puppy.  Her Grieving Mother Lost to the NRA

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
Injuries to children: 13
Fatalities: 9

2016 INJURIES AND DEATHS DUE TO UNSECURED FIREARMS – YEAR TO DATE

Total incidents: 18
Injuries to children: 13
Injuries to adults: 1
Fatalities: 4

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
Injuries to children: 9
Injuries to adults: 1
Fatalities: 2

Youngest fatality: 3-year-old boy shot himself in Clarksville in July
Youngest injury: 2-year-old girl shot herself in Smyrna in May

Details about each incident can be found on the Safe Tennessee Project website.

#SafeStorageSavesLives #NotAnAccident #MaKaylasLaw

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