An Arizona bill that would make it legal to shoot snakes, rats, and other pests again within city limits passed the state house and is headed to the state senate for approval. The bill, which still has not become law, would provide a limited, permissible reason to fire off a gun within city limits, which is currently prohibited except in very limited circumstances.
The current prohibition is the result of a surprising tragedy that happened nearly two decades ago. In 2000, a Phoenix teen was killed by a stray bullet that had been fired off up into the air in celebration. Soon after the incident, a law was passed that made it a felony to fire a weapon within a city's limits in the state of Arizona. An unanticipated result of the ban was that property owners were no longer as free to use their firearms to shoot rats, snakes, and other vermin.