Second Amendment Arizona law forces cities to resell guns from buy-back programs

Discussion in 'Bill of Rights' started by tulianr, Apr 30, 2013.

  1. tulianr

    tulianr Don Quixote de la Monkey

    PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Monday signed legislation forcing municipalities to resell firearms from gun buy-back programs rather than destroy them, closing a loophole in the conservative state's laws.

    Brewer, a Republican and staunch gun rights advocate, signed the bill preventing local governments from melting down the weapons obtained from these popular civic events. Before the new law, the state had allowed such firearms to be destroyed.

    A spokesman for Brewer could not immediately be reached for comment late on Monday.

    The bill had the support of the National Rifle Association and Arizona's Republican-controlled legislature. It cleared the state Senate earlier this month by an 18-12 vote. The state House approved the bill in March.

    Supporters of the measure said municipalities were wasting taxpayers' money by not realizing the revenue from reselling turned-in weapons.

    Opponents argued that it sent the wrong message and that the state needed to focus on the broader issue of gun control.

    "This action by the governor is not only outrageous, but it is insensitive for us now to be putting these guns back on the streets," said state Senator Steve Gallardo, a Democrat and a leading opponent of the measure. "That's just plain wrong."

    The law does not specify what penalties communities would face for violating its provisions.

    Arizona became a battlefront in the national gun debate after a 2011 mass shooting outside a Tucson supermarket killed six people and left U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords gravely wounded.

    Giffords, who has since left Congress, and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, have been pushing for tighter gun laws, especially in the wake of the December 2012 massacre at a Connecticut school in which a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 kids.

    Arizona law forces cities to resell guns from buy-back programs - Yahoo! News
  2. -06

    -06 Monkey+++

    Ohhhhhh, those evil guns again. Have to be careful turning them loose onto the streets. They may be running amuck spreading terror---all by themselves. What they forget is that buyers will have to clear back ground checks.
  3. ditch witch

    ditch witch I do stupid crap, so you don't have to

    "Insensitive"? Seriously? I wish some of these pantywaste politicians would just choke on their sensitivity already.
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  4. Icefoot

    Icefoot Monkey+

    I wonder if they will ship out of state... Or I could just move to Arizona. That way I could help get John McCain out of the senate.
    kellory and tulianr like this.
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