- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona House of Representatives has given final approval to a bill that would allow law enforcement to charge someone who wrests a gun from another person’s hands with aggravated assault.

Proponents say House Bill 2338 is a preventative measure in case a criminal were to take the gun of someone using it in self-defense. It would allow authorities to charge a person who’s accused of wresting a gun away from someone else with aggravated assault. Doing so is already a felony offense.

Democrats say the measure by Republican Rep. Brenda Barton of Payson is a waste of time because it rehashes what’s already a crime. The Senate approved the bill this week.

The House gave final approval to the bill with a 40-17 vote. It will now go to the governor’s office for consideration.

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