Gov. Brewer signs law requiring resale of guns collected in buybacks
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CREATED Apr. 29, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed two new controversial gun laws Monday.
The first, House Bill 2326, prevents local municipalities from keeping a list of gun owners.
The second, HB 2455, hits a little closer to home, making it illegal for cities or towns to destroy firearms collected in gun buybacks or similar programs. They will now have to resell them, instead.
This comes months after city councilman Steve Kozachik organized Tucson's first ever buyback, which brought in more than 200 guns.
Police destroyed them later that day.
Kozachik calls this new law "a violation of civil liberties."
Gun rights advocates argue exactly the opposite.
"We're all about people's personal property rights when it's your microphone or your car or your toaster, but when it comes to a gun, it takes on these intangible, mystical elements that you can't destroy them anymore," said Kozachik (D).
"All forms of gun control have the effect of punishing the innocent for the acts of the guilty," argued Charles Heller, of the Arizona Citizens Defense League. "It's un-American, and we ought to, as a people, reject it."
Heller also touched on the same point made by many GOP members. That is, destroying guns is a waste of tax dollars.
Kozachik, and many democrats, say that point is simply smoke in mirrors.