Shannon's law in Arizona means that you could be facing a class-6 felony if you are arrested for unlawful discharge of a firearm in Phoenix. This means that, even if the firearm was fired into the air or not aimed specifically at a person, you could end up with a felony on your record – even if it your first offense and no one was hurt. Shannon's law is very strict and is often prosecuted very aggressively as a "dangerous offense" in Arizona, which comes with very stiff penalties.
However, there are some exceptions written into the law which make firing a gun in city limits legal when you:
- Are on a supervised shooting range
- Are in a designated hunting area or have a special permit
- Are firing blanks
- Are shooting in defense against an animal attack, assuming deadly force was reasonable in the situation
- Are at least a mile away from any occupied structure
Don't take accusations of a felony offense lightly. If you have been arrested for unlawful discharge of a firearm in Phoenix, contact an experienced Arizona criminal defense attorney who can protect your rights and explain your options at 1-888-929-5292. If you'd like further information, request a FREE copy of our informative book, Arizona Criminal Law - What You Must Know.