TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Feb 25, 2016

“MaKayla’s Law” (SB 2294 / HB 2058) would make it a violation for a Tennessee resident to leave a loaded firearm unattended and readily accessible to a child under 13. The measure, introduced today by Democratic lawmakers, is named after MaKayla Dyer, an 8-year-old Jefferson County girl killed in October by her 11-year-old neighbor. The juvenile, who killed Dyer with his father’s shotgun, was found guilty earlier this month of first-degree murder. The Knoxville News Sentinel summarizes the proposed violations, which range from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class C felony.