State takes aim at Tucson gun buyback - Tucson News Now

State takes aim at Tucson gun buyback

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

If or when Tucson has another gun buyback event, the state legislature and Gov. Jan Brewer have made sure that the weapons cannot be destroyed. 

Brewer signed HB 2326, which prohibits cities from acquiring firearms merely to destroy them.

Tucson Police say that the buyback earlier this year brought in about 208 firearms of all types, ages, and conditions.  Those weapons have already been shredded.

The law used to call for the court to order law enforcement to sell the weapons.  Now, the law says the agency will sell the weapons to a qualified handler that is a federal firearms dealer.

Supporters of the new law say it takes our government out of the business of destroying guns; however, Ward 6 Tucson City Councilmember Steve Kozachik says that it opens more problems.

"So, are we going to end up with guns in landfills?  So, again, they haven't thought this through," Kozachik said.

"The poeple should destroy the firearms themselves.  They should pay for it.  They shouldn't get a bailout," said Ken Rineer, president of Gun Owners of Arizona.

The governor also signed into a law a restriction against Arizona governments from keeping a record or log of firearm sales.

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