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Fri Nov 4, 2016, 05:09 AM

Revised gun bill already drawing resistance from state GOP-led committee

NASHVILLE - State Senate Judiciary Committee members on Wednesday began discussions about a revised bill that would punish adult gun owners when their weapons are used by children under 13 and cause injury or death.

The bill, which has been named “McKayla’s Law” by Sen. Sara Kyle, D-Memphis, was originally introduced during the 2016 legislative session, but failed in a House committee. The revised version will be presented during the upcoming 2017 legislative session that begins in January.

Kyle is reintroducing the bill, which has a partner bill in the House sponsored by Rep. Sherry Jones, D-Nashville, but it is already drawing resistance from the Senate committee Republicans, one of whom, Sen. Janice Bowling, R-Tullahoma, said Wednesday “it’s a fine line between public safety and a slippery slope toward gun control.”

Kyle and other proponents say the bill does not attack any Second Amendment rights, but instead adds a layer of accountability to gun ownership.

Read more: http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2016/11/02/revised-gun-bill-already-drawing-resistance-state-gop-led-committee/93167100/

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