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Tucson will not fight State of AZ over gun destruction

Posted at 5:04 PM, Sep 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-06 21:33:30-04

Tucson will not fight an Arizona State Supreme Court ruling that requires the city to sell guns instead of destroying them.

The city wants to destroy guns seized in crimes, and weapons people ask police to destroy for them.  But State Representative Mark Finchem said that violated state law that requires cities to sell surplus guns to a licensed gun dealer and put the money in the city budget.

Finchem convinced State Attorney General Mark Brnovich to declare the city in violation of state law.  

The City of Tucson argued the state has no right to interfere with a local law like the city’s gun destruction ordinance, but the Supreme Court ruled the city was breaking state law.  Now the city will repeal it’s gun destruction ordinance and stop fighting the ruling.