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Arizona bill could penalize cities for gun laws

Ina Ronquillo

Arizona bill could penalize cities for gun laws

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Mar 12, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona House of Representatives has approved a bill that would impose fines on cities and towns that enforce gun ordinances stricter than the state's own laws.
   
House Bill 2517 by Republican Rep. Steve Smith of Maricopa would impose a civil penalty of up to $5,000 on city and town governments that violate the statute. Smith says he wants the state "to have some teeth" in enforcing the law.
   
Republicans passed a law last year forcing cities to sell, not destroy, guns from buyback programs. Democrats complained that the state objects when the federal government imposes laws on Arizona, but then it does the same to municipalities.
   
Opponents contend the bill would violate municipal sovereignty. The House approved the bill 34-22 on Wednesday.

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Ina Ronquillo

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Ina is a Southern Arizona native. She graduated from Nogales High School and then received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.