'A slap in the face': Family frustrated with AG's ruling on Genna's Law

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'A slap in the face': Family frustrated with AG's ruling on Genna's Law

By Marcelino Benito. CREATED Sep 26, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - By now you know the story well. Genna Ayup, a beautiful mother, killed. The shooter, her boyfriend, Ronald Corbin Jr. accidentally fired a gun after a night of drinking. Genna's law didn't exist when Corbin pulled the trigger.

"Things would be a lot different," said Eileen Majeski, Genna's aunt. "We wouldn't be watching him walk around town."

It's why her family and Tucson's City Council pushed to make Genna's law a reality. It gives police the power to request a breathalyzer test after accidental shootings.

"The law that we wrote was in line with state law," said councilman Paul Cunningham.

But now Tom Horne says it's not. In a 7-page opinion, Horne says Genna's law "conflicts" with state law because cities like Tucson are barred from enacting any law related to the "discharge or use of firearms."

"It made me sick," said Majeski. "Really sick."

For Genna's family this law is personal.

"I don't want someone to go through the heartbreak, we've gone through," said Majeski.

Cunningham says it's not even a gun law. It's about effective enforcement and he questions why Horne is getting involved in the first place.

"If the Attorney General wants to spend his time to pander to his base and issue opinions like this,"said Cunningham. "That's the attorney general's business. I don't know the guy. I don't know why he's doing this. It makes no sense. The idea that he's even doing this is ludicrous."

To make matters harder for Genna's family, Thursday marks 15 months since her death. Although Genna may be gone, the law that bears her name won't be wiped away without a fight.

"It's something that needs to be on the books," said Majeski. "It's a no brainer."

For now, Genna's law is here to stay. Horne's opinion doesn't stop Tucson from enforcing the law. But if it's challenged, the legality of the law would be decided by a judge. And the Attorney General's opinion would factor in.