Arizona Police Rush to Destroy as Many Guns as Possible Before New Law That Outlaws Gun Destruction Takes Effect
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Phoenix police are in a gun buying, gun destroying frenzy. Police held a gun “buyback” for the 3rd consecutive weekend in Phoenix, collecting over 900 guns this weekend.
Now the officers are trying to hurry up and process the guns. That includes checking the serial number against databases of stolen firearms and checking the ballistics of each operational firearm.
The reason for the hurry? Police want to destroy the guns, but a new law set to take effect this summer, recently signed by Governor Jab Brewer, will require all guns bought by the police department to be auctioned back off to the public. This obviously has anti gun advocates in an uproar.
According to a report by azstarnet.com,
The law will go into effect 90 days after the legislative session ends, which could be any day. Police are already struggling to process the weapons in their possession, and the influx of an additional 937 guns will make it even more difficult to move the weapons through the system before the deadline.
While Arizona is largely considered to be one of the most pro-gun states in the US, the urban areas, such as Phoenix, tend to lean slightly anti gun at the local government level.
Guns sold back to the public through the new law will be sold to licensed firearms dealers at public auction.