- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A Senate committee is set to hear a bill that would allow prosecutors to charge someone who tried to take another person’s gun with felony aggravated assault.

The Senate Government Committee hears House Bill 2509 Wednesday. The House passed Mesa Rep. Kelly Townsend’s bill last week.

Republicans are pushing a series of legislation to reaffirm the state’s second amendment rights.

Townsend said the bill sends a message that taking a firearm from someone’s hands is a serious offense.

Kathleen Mayer of the Pima County Attorney’s Office said the bill is 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.

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