Bill would bar turned-in guns from being destroyed

Bill would bar turned-in guns from being destroyed

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 15: Guns sit in a box that were surrendered during a gun buy back program on December 15, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The San Francisco police department held a one-day gun buy back event that paid $200 per gun turned in. A better than expected crowd resulted in payback money running out and vouchers were issued to collect money within a week. Over 200 guns were collected. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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by Bob Christie, Associated Press Writer

azfamily.com

Posted on February 13, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 15 at 1:35 PM

Poll:
Should weapons turned in during gun buy-back events be destroyed?

PHOENIX (AP) -- An Arizona House panel has passed a bill banning cities and counties from destroying guns turned in at so-called buy-back programs designed to give people a safe place to get rid of unwanted weapons.

The bill passed committee Wednesday despite opposition from Democrats and testimony from Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox. She said people who turn guns in at the events want them destroyed so they can't be used to hurt someone.

Public Safety committee chairman Justin Pierce said he's been getting thousands of emails from constituents who want the practice banned. The Mesa Republican argued the government shouldn't be destroying public property.

A bill requiring sales of seized weapons was enacted last year, but cities like Tucson have argued it doesn't apply to buy-back programs.

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