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Police: Arizona won't legalize warning shots

PHOENIX -- Florida lawmakers continue to move forward with a bill which would keep a person who fires a warning shot from doing a long stint in prison.

Similar legislation would not fly here in Arizona because of current state laws.

"Breaking the law, potentially injuring someone," Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos said of the risks. "Currently, you do something like that, you are in violation of the law."

Arizona law prohibits "a person, with criminal negligence, discharges a firearm within or into the limits of any municipality, and they are less than one mile from any occupied structure."

Firing off a warning round could result in multiple charges, including aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.


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