Shooting death of local 3-year-old fuels debate on gun-safety bill

New law would make it a crime to leave loaded weapons around kids

Jimmy Skiles, center, speaks to family members as the Hamilton County Sheriff's Officers investigate the shooting death of a 3-year-old boy outside the home at 4724 Gates Lane. The boy, whose name has not been released, was taken to a local hospital on Monday, February 29, 2016, where he was pronounced dead, according to the sheriff's office.
photo A three-year-old boy was shot in Apison, Tenn.

photo An ambulance sits outside a home in Apison where a three-year-old boy was shot on Monday.

NASHVILLE - Advocates for a bill that would make it a crime for adults to leave loaded weapons accessible to children pointed on Tuesday to this week's shooting death of a toddler in Hamilton County as an example of why the law is needed.

"Just yesterday in Apison, Tenn., outside of Chattanooga, a 3-year-old was shot and killed in his family's car outside the family's home," Beth Joslin Roth, policy director for the Safe Tennessee Project, told reporters in a Legislative Plaza news conference.