TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The death of a young womanone year ago today has sparked change in our community.
Police say Genna Ayup wasshot and killed by her boyfriend, Ronald Corbin, in their east side home.
Corbin claims the shootingwas accidental, but he also admits to drinking prior to the shooting.
Two weeks later, Corbin wasarrested, then charges were dropped in August.
Then came a family's fightfor a new law in March. Genna Ayup's Law was passed by the Tucson City Council.
But, the family trulybelieves if Genna's Law was in effect, Corbin, Jr. would be behind bars today.
Family and friendsgathered at the crematorium today to remember Genna Ayup's life. In the middleof tragedy, they are celebrating a small victory: the passage of a law namedafter her.
Genna's Law would givepolice authority to require a blood or breath test in case of all accidentalshootings, something the family says was not done in Ayup's case.
But the problem is the Tucsonordinance provides no criminal penalty,so we went to the councilman whoproposed this legislation to ask him the big question: does this ordinancereally have any teeth to it, and what are they hoping to do to make sure thislaw really makes a difference in the lives of those who are suffering?
"What it does is requireslaw enforcement to do breathalyzer in accidental shooting. Had that law existedwe wouldn't be having this discussion about where is the justice becausejustice would have been served," said Ward 2 Councilman Paul Cunningham."This common sense legislation helps law enforcement and helps enablepolice to do their job better."
"It's nothing about secondamendment rights, nothing to do with that," said Genna's sister, Ericka Ayup. "I'mall for second amendment, what I'm for is common sense."
While the Tucson ordinanceprovides no criminal penalty, it allows officers to collect additional evidencethat could be used in court to support a criminal negligence charge.
Councilman Paul Cunninghamsays he now plans to take this law to the state legislature in January and pushfor a hearing.