PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill into law that bars cities and counties from destroying guns turned over to police at community buyback events and requires that they be resold instead.
The bill signed Monday was supported by Republicans and the National Rifle Association and opposed by Democrats.
Backers in the GOP-controlled Legislature argued that destroying any property turned over to the government is a waste of taxpayer resources.
Opponents argued that destroying the guns keeps weapons off the streets when owners no longer want them.
House Bill 2455 was designed to close a loophole in state law that generally requires seized firearms to be sold to licensed gun dealers.
Tucson and other cities destroyed weapons turned in at buyback events, arguing it's legal because the guns were voluntarily surrendered.