Arizona Cities Must Now Resell Guns They Buy Back

Jan Brewer signs law neutering popular program

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 30, 2013 8:55 AM CDT

(Newser) – Are you an Arizona law enforcement officer hoping to get guns off the street with a buyback program? Well good luck, because from now on, you'll have to sell those guns right back. Jan Brewer signed a law yesterday forcing cities to sell any guns they buy back, rather than destroying them as usual, Reuters reports. The law doesn't specify, however, what will happen to cities that fail to comply.

Supporters of the NRA-backed measure say local governments were wasting money by not grabbing the revenue to be had by reselling the guns. But opponents say it sort of defeats the purpose of the popular program. "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," one Democratic state senator fumed. "That's just plain wrong."

This Jan. 2013 file photo shows Tucson police officers cataloging a gun gun buyback program outside a police station in Tucson, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff)
A shoulder-fired rocket launcher stands on end amidst a display 2,600 guns, including 700 that were illegal, that were turned in during a gun buyback program in Trenton, NJ, Jan. 29, 2013.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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