HB 2022 was recently introduced to change Arizona’s prohibition on shooting guns within city limits. Under the proposed amendment, it would be legal to shoot with “pellets that are 1.3 millimeters or less in diameter and that are loaded in a rimfire cartridge with a caliber that does not exceed twenty-two hundredths of an inch.” This irresponsible legislation threatens public safety by allowing shooting in populated areas and encouraging people to approach potentially dangerous animals. We are urging the state legislature to reject the amendment:

There are safer and more effective ways to resolve wildlife conflicts than shooting in populated areas

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This legislation could result in more snakebites since it encourages people to approach venomous snakes rather than leave them alone. Most bites happen when handling or attempting to kill snakes; even snakes thought to be dead have bitten when handled or picked-up. The safest course of action when a venomous snake is spotted is to walk away and not approach the snake for any reason.

The exception in HB2022 is not solely limited to snakes or other unwanted wild animals, nor does it specify shooting only in cases of an imminent threat to public safety. This law would allow our neighborhoods to be littered with lead — a serious threat to wildlife and public healthfor any reason.

There are safer and more effective ways to resolve wildlife conflicts than shooting in populated areas.


Arizonans, tell your senator to oppose HB2022.



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Tell them there are safer and more effective ways to resolve wildlife conflicts than shooting in populated areas.


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