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Tucson poised to pass another gun law

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"If someone rips your gun off, let the police know there's a stolen gun floating around the community," said council member Steve Kozachik. "If someone rips your gun off, let the police know there's a stolen gun floating around the community," said council member Steve Kozachik.
"We are going to look at every opportunity to strengthen security locally," said council member Karin Uhlich. "We are going to look at every opportunity to strengthen security locally," said council member Karin Uhlich.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Tucson city council is scheduled to discuss a proposed gun law on Tuesday.

It will be the second new gun law in the past month.

The first, a resolution, passed unanimously by the council, requires background checks on all guns sold on city property, including the Tucson Convention Center.

The new, proposed law would require people to notify police within 48 hours when guns are lost or stolen.

"If someone rips your gun off, let the police know there's a stolen gun floating around the community," says Ward VI Democrat Steve Kozachik.

Kozachik says its an investigative tool the police department can use to more effectively trace lost or stolen guns, which he adds is a benefit to the gun owners.

"It's a big problem if someone steals your gun and it winds up in a crime scene and you're implicated," he says. "It's your big problem."

He says you can alleviate the headache and hassle by notifying police.

He also says it prevents another issue when it comes to criminal behavior.

Sometimes to hide their involvement in a crime, an owner may falsely claim his gun was stolen.

This is give police another tool to question that.

It will also help police track gun traffickers.

But it may also get some attention from state lawmakers who passed a law several years ago aimed at Tucson which said municipalities cannot pass a law more restrictive than a state law.

It isn't known for sure if this law would violate that but the city feels it has the upper hand.

"The question is, does it help law enforcement to have that action taken," says Karin Uhlich, a Ward III council member. "And if it does, then the state legislature would need to explain why they're taking a tool out of law enforcement hands."

This is likely not the last piece of legislation the council will consider.

"We are going to look at every opportunity to strengthen security locally," she says. "And take reasonable steps locally." 

Advocates for gun owners say the law would burden crime victims and police.

The council takes up the issue in its study session next Tuesday.

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