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Arizona Senate bill allows deadly force for property damage

Michelle Ugenti-Rita
Posted at 10:52 AM, Mar 07, 2022

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — An Arizona Senate bill would allow business owners or their employees to use deadly force to defend their property against smash-and-grab robbers if the robber possessed a dangerous weapon.

But critics of the proposal from Scottsdale Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita say it is so broadly written that it would allow someone to be killed just for scrawling graffiti while having something that might be deemed a weapon.

Ugenti-Rita acknowledged during a committee hearing that that was possible.

But she pointed to limits in her proposal that said the person had to possess a “deadly instrument” at the time they were “knowingly” defacing or damaging someone's property.

Her bill is set for a Senate vote Monday.