Senate to vote on bill allowing 'snake shot' in cities

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The Arizona Senate is set to vote on legislation allowing city residents to fire small-caliber guns loaded with tiny pellets normally used to shoot rats or snakes for any reason.

If Republican Rep. Jay Lawrence's bill passes Monday, it heads to Gov. Doug Ducey for consideration because it has already passed the House.

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

The legislation, which was green-lit by a Senate panel last month, is backed by a gun-rights group and opposed by people concerned about public safety and wildlife.

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.

It would all anyone to shoot so-called "rat shot" ammunition inside city limits. Proponents say people need to be able to legally dispatch snakes or rats, while opponents worry about unrestricted shooting and wildlife.


Senate panel votes to loosen laws banning gunfire in city limits (March 1, 2017)

Proposal diluting 'Shannon's Law' on gunshots advances (Jan. 25, 2017)

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