PHOENIX (AP) – City residents in Arizona who spot a rat or snake in their yard will be able to shoot the animals using a small-caliber gun loaded with tiny pellets under a Republican lawmaker’s proposal set for a House debate Tuesday.
A group of scientists says Rep. Jay Lawrence’s proposal endangers people by encouraging firearm use in populated areas and putting people at risk as they approach venomous snakes. Lawrence says it’s about gun rights.
House Bill 2022 was backed by gun rights advocates during a House committee hearing last month. It was opposed by wildlife advocates and average citizens worried about stray gunfire.
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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