Shannon's Law

Shannon's Law makes it illegal to fire a gun into the air in Arizona's cities and towns. Get the facts! In June 1999, 14-year-old Shannon Smith was talking on the telephone in the backyard of her central Phoenix home. A bullet that was fired into the air over a mile away struck her in the head, tragically ending her life.

In a grassroots effort, Shannon’s parents united with law enforcement officials, prosecutors, politicians, and citizens worked to make a change.

The result was the creation of Arizona Revised Statute 13-3107, “Shannon’s Law,” which makes it a felony for anyone “who with criminal negligence discharges a firearm within or into the limits of any municipality” in Arizona.