Senate rejects allowing use of 'snake shot' within city limits
PHOENIX — A letter from a Tucson retiree who used to be a California investigator proved instrumental Monday in defeating legislation that would have allowed people to fire small-caliber “snake shot” in city limits.
HB 2022 failed on a tie vote after state Sen. Kate Brophy McGee, R-Phoenix, read the letter from Michael Cardwell who spoke of his 32 years working for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and patrolling its 23,000 square miles, much of that in the Mohave Desert.
He detailed — and she read for colleagues — his take on the foolishness of people who feel the need to shoot at snakes.
But it wasn’t just that Cardwell said the best course of action is to leave the snakes alone.