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Brewer vetoes another firearm bill, says it is unnecessary

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Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed another gun bill today, nixing a measure that would create a new crime for people who take away another person’s firearm.

The bill, HB2338, would make it a class 4 felony for someone to take away or attempt to take away someone else’s lawfully owned firearm with the intent to cause harm. The statute it amended currently only applies to people who attempt to take a peace officer’s firearm.

The measure was one of five bills the governor vetoed today after rejecting five yesterday.

In her veto letter, Brewer said the bill was unnecessary.

“Current law already provides appropriate penalties for the conduct described in this legislation,” she wrote.

Under current state law, theft of a firearm and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon are already felony offenses.

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