Tucson city council approves portion of 'Genna's Law'

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - In a unanimous vote, the Tucson city council approved a portion of "Genna's Law" during its meeting Wednesday night.

The provision is named after Genna Louise Ayup, a 27-year-old mother who was shot and killed in June 2012 by a man who had been consuming alcohol before the shooting.

House Bill 2631, commonly called "Genna's Law," would have made it a felony for anyone to discharge a firearm while having a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher, however the bill failed to get through the legislature.

The bill would have also prevented those convicted of the offense of restoring their right to possess or carry a firearm for five years.

In March, the Tucson city council asked the city attorney to work on an ordinance to adopt "Genna's Law" locally.  Legally the council could only approve one part of "Genna's Law," the part that allows investigators to check the blood alcohol content of those suspected of firing a weapon with criminal negligence.

The Ayup family plans to expand the provision and try again to have it passed as state law.

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