Senate panel OKs bill allowing 'snake shot' in cities

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The bill would allow gun owners to fire small-caliber guns loaded with tiny pellets normally used to shoot rats or snakes for any reason. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The bill would allow gun owners to fire small-caliber guns loaded with tiny pellets normally used to shoot rats or snakes for any reason. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (AP) -

An Arizona Senate committee has approved a bill allowing city residents to fire small-caliber guns loaded with tiny pellets normally used to shoot rats or snakes for any reason.

Wednesday's 4-3 party-line vote in the Government Committee came with backing from a gun-rights group and over opposition from people concerned about public safety and wildlife.

[READ MORE: 'Shoot a snake' bill causing controversy]

Republican Rep. Jay Lawrence's proposal has already passed the House, and a vote by the full Senate will send it to Gov. Doug Ducey's desk for consideration.

The proposal amends a landmark 2000 law aimed at celebratory gunfire enacted following the 1999 death of a Phoenix teen struck by a stray bullet.

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