Saturday March 31, 2018

Kansas Passes "Anti-Swatting" Bill in Wake of Andrew Finch Shooting

The Andrew T. Finch anti-swatting bill is on the way to Governor Jeff Colyer’s desk for final approval after it passed the Kansas Senate this week. The legislation makes any false alarm or swatting call that results in death or extreme injury a level one felony, which carries a prison sentence between 10 and 41 years.

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The new bill was drawn up after the tragic death Andrew Finch in December 2017. Finch, 28, was shot dead by a police officer outside his home after a fraudulent call was made regarding a supposed hostage situation at his residence. 25-year-old Los Angeles resident Tyler Barriss was later identified as the individual who made the call and was charged with involuntary manslaughter.