New Law Would Penalize Gun Owners Who Leave Guns Out In Childs Care
A law to penalize gun owners who leave their guns out where kids can grab them and injure themselves and others was submitted to the state legislature. Makayla’s law was named after Makayla Dyer, an 8-year-old girl who was shot and killed by an 11-year-old in 2015. The 11-year-old had access to his father’s gun and shot Makayla after she wouldn’t let him play with her new puppy.
According to the bill’s sponsor, state senator Sara Kyle, that death was preventable if gun owners were penalized for not locking up their guns.
“Say if someone has left their gun out, say on a table, they walk in or they put their gun on top of a refrigerator, in a nightstand, under a pillow, children know where that gun is and they can access that gun. And a lot of times it’s out of curiosity, with no intention to hurt another person, but it’s reckless endangerment,” said Senator Kyle.
Under the law, the penalty would be a class E felony. Kyle said this bill should be more successful than previous years because it specifically targets people whose actions lead to the harm or death of a child or someone else because a child had access to a gun.
“I just want people to be educated and aware that we’re losing too many people in our communities. Too many family members over a gun that’s being left out and accessible to children,” said Senator Kyle.
COLUMBIA MAN ON STATES TOP TEN MOST WANTED
The search continues Tuesday for the man accused of shooting “multiple rounds for several minutes” at Columbia police officers Saturday. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation added 47-year-old Jamal Gardner to the statewide Top Ten Most Wanted list. Columbia Police Department released body cam footage of shots being fired at an officer. Gardner is wanted for attempted first-degree murder, reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and aggravated domestic assault. Authorities say Gardner should be considered armed and dangerous and anyone who spots hime should contact 911 or call 1-800-TBI-FIND immediately.
REPUBLICANS FILE TO LIMIT C.O.B’S AUTHORITY TO ISSUE SUBPOENAS
The legislation would also prohibit an oversight board from imposing membership requirements based on demographics, economic status or employment history, which would pose a problem for Nashville’s board. Four members of the new board come from neighborhoods considered economically distressed, a requirement of the charter amendment.
TEENS ARRESTED FOR SERIES OF CAR BURGLARIES
Arrests have been made in a series of vehicle burglaries and auto theft in Hendersonville last month.Three teenagers are facing more than a dozen charges each for vehicle burglaries and theft in the Alexandria Place subdivision on the morning of January 22, according to Hendersonville police. Arrested are 19-year-old Jamarius Baker, 19-year-old Kevon Sherill and 18-year-old Jordan Walker, all of Nashville. They are charged with nine counts of burglary and four counts of theft. Police recovered the stolen vehicle on Jan. 25 in Nashville.
BNA WELCOMES HOST OF NEW DINING AND SHOPPING OPTIONS
The companies set to negotiate leases with Fraport range from trendy local restaurants such as Party Fowl, Hattie B’s, 400 Degrees, Prince’s Hot Chicken and Shake Shack. Lower Broadway brands Tootsies Orchid Lounge, Acme Feed & Seed and Ole Red, among many others.