Ariz. ruling says police can temporarily take guns - Tucson News Now

Ariz. ruling says police can temporarily take guns

PHOENIX (AP) - A new Arizona court ruling says police can take temporary custody of a person's gun for officer-safety reasons even if the person's contact with police was voluntary.

A man appealing a firearms misconduct conviction argued that Phoenix police wrongfully took his gun after he agreed to talk with officers on a street in a high-crime area.

An Arizona law allows police to take temporary custody of firearms during encounters with people, and the Court of Appeals ruled that includes times when a person is not in custody and merely in consensual contact with police.

The ruling says that gives police flexibility while safeguarding the rights of lawfully armed individuals.

A dissenting judge argued that the law only applies when there's an "investigative" stop based on reasonable suspicion of criminal activity.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • Controversy over proposed hi-rise housing complex on 4th Avenue

    Controversy over proposed hi-rise housing complex on 4th Avenue

    Monday, February 19 2018 9:57 PM EST2018-02-20 02:57:18 GMT

    A proposal to build a 7-story housing complex at 4th and 6th along Fourth Avenue has created a concern and controversy as to whether it will change the iconic nature of the Tucson tourist attraction. 

    A proposal to build a 7-story housing complex at 4th and 6th along Fourth Avenue has created a concern and controversy as to whether it will change the iconic nature of the Tucson tourist attraction. 

  • Potholes posing problems for Tucsonans after rain

    Potholes posing problems for Tucsonans after rain

    Monday, February 19 2018 8:02 PM EST2018-02-20 01:02:47 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    Last week's rain brought on some new problem areas for Tucsonans. Several new potholes have popped up around the Old Pueblo. 

    Last week's rain brought on some new problem areas for Tucsonans. Several new potholes have popped up around the Old Pueblo. 

  • Upgrades for Oracle State Park included in Gov. budget plan

    Upgrades for Oracle State Park included in Gov. budget plan

    Monday, February 19 2018 7:50 PM EST2018-02-20 00:50:57 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    It's pristine, public land. 4,000 acres sit north of Tucson for anyone who wants to enjoy the environment. Oracle State Park is open, just not all the time, for out-of-town visitors. 

    It's pristine, public land. 4,000 acres sit north of Tucson for anyone who wants to enjoy the environment. Oracle State Park is open, just not all the time, for out-of-town visitors. 

Powered by Frankly