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Kansas lawmakers seek higher punishment for swatting calls

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Kansas lawmakers are trying to set a higher punishment for a prank known as swatting where a fake call is made to police. (AP) Kansas lawmakers are trying to set a higher punishment for a prank known as swatting where a fake call is made to police. (AP)
TOPEKA, KS (KCTV) -

Kansas lawmakers are trying to set a higher punishment for a prank known as swatting where a fake call is made to police.

One case led to the death of a Wichita man in December and another led to a fake standoff in Overland Park in January.

The bill legislators are working on could lead to a felony charge for someone accused of swatting. Retired FBI special agent in charge Michael Tabman says that is a good thing.

“When you call out a SWAT team, you’re raising the level," he said. “So we have to stop people from thinking that this is just funny.”

After a Wichita man was killed during a prank call to law enforcement, an outcry for change went up, and lawmakers in Topeka listened.

A bill will change the penalty for someone who makes a fake call. Right now, it is a misdemeanor. Someone could be charged with murder under the proposed bill.

“It won’t affect our day-to-day lives, but hopefully it will deter someone from doing this again," Tabman said.

The swatting bill has not been voted on by the entire House yet. It could take some time before the bill gets a full vote.

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