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Attorney General Investigation of City of Tucson for Illegal Destruction of Firearms

Sunday, October 16, 2016 18:41
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The Tucson City Council has become a notorious scofflaw for ignoring state law that involves firearms. Arizona has a state preemption law, to prevent a confusing patchwork of local laws, which could easily entrap innocent people who exercise their Second Amendment rights.  The Tucson City Council has ignored the law.
Arizona also requires that valuable firearms that come into the possession of the police must be sold to federal firearms dealers, so that the value will be used for the public good.  Tucson has been accused of destroying these valuable items, presumably to make some sort of political statement. 
This year, the legislature became fed up with the scofflaw attitude of the Tucson City Council and other political entities that refuse to follow the law.  They passed a bill that required the Attorney general to investigate claims that political entities were violating the law, if the AG was asked to do so by a member of the legislature.  
If the investigation shows violation of the law, the political entity could be punished by the withholding of state revenue sharing.

From an AzCDL email:

Great news! Representative (and AzCDL member) Mark Finchem (LD 11) has asked the Arizona Attorney General to investigate the City of Tucson for the routine destruction of firearms in violation of ARS 13-3108.F. If the Attorney General’s investigation reveals that legal action should be brought against Tucson, the city could face withholding of State Shared Revenue funds.

It appears that there will be an official investigation into the alleged violations of law by the Tucson City Council.  The next few months should shed light on whether violations of the law have occurred or not. 

The Arizona Citizens Defense League was instrumental in promoting the legislation to hold scofflaw political entities to account.  Similar legislation has been passed in Florida and Pennsylvania, and is being considered in other states. 

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