State lawmakers want to get tougher on taggers - Tucson News Now

State lawmakers want to get tougher on taggers

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

State lawmakers are proposing a new law that would go further than a city ordinance. They want to crack down on graffiti by banning the sale of spray paint and other graffiti tools to minors statewide.

In Tucson, it is illegal to sell spray paint to anyone under 18 without consent from a parent, legal guardian, employer or teacher.  However, not every city has the same ordinance in place.  The bill wants to put a unified approach statewide.

Some local hardware stores lock up spray paint while others have signs up.  The proposed bill would ban minors from more than just spray paint. It would ban tools like broad tipped markers, solidified paint markers, etching tools and solution that can be used for graffiti

One hardware store owner thinks it's a good idea, but some of the items on the list might be taking it too far.  Jane Beatty, the vice president of operations at Tucson Estate Hardware, says "I think banning the markers is getting a little out of hand. There's really a fine line of what we need to regulate as a government and then what should really just be parenting."

We also spoke with Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik, who says any help to crack down on graffiti would help, but wants to note that often times it isn't minors who are tagging, it is adults.

The City of Tucson spends more than $725,000 a year cleaning graffiti off the streets.  Right now, HB 2243 is being heard by the house. Click here for more information on the bill.

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