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Arizona Senate committee fails to pass bill that makes taking someone's gun aggravated assault

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PHOENIX — A Senate committee has failed to pass a bill that allows prosecutors to charge someone who tries to take another person's gun with felony aggravated assault.

Republican Rep. Kelly Townsend of Mesa says her bill was designed to send a message that taking a firearm from someone's hands is a serious offense.

Kathleen Mayer of the Pima County Attorney's Office says the bill was unnecessary because taking someone's gun is criminalized in other statutes including assault and robbery.

Former Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a similar bill last year for the same reasons.

The Senate Judiciary Committee failed to pass House Bill 2509 on a 3-4 vote Thursday. There is still a possibility it could be revived in other legislation.

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