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Tucson to raise penalties for shooting while drunk

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TUCSON, AZ (AP) -

People who illegally fire a gun in Tucson while under the influence could face additional penalties.

The Tucson City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Tuesday making it a crime for someone with a blood alcohol level above the 0.08 legal limit to shoot a firearm.

Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham told the Arizona Daily Star the same rules that penalize people for driving drunk should apply to gun-related incidents.

Officials added the proposed amendment to a memorial urging state lawmakers to approve "Genna's Law."

Named for Genna Ayup, who was fatally shot last year by a boyfriend who had been drinking, the legislation would make shooting a gun while drunk a felony. It would also require police to administer a breath-alcohol test.

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