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Ariz. Group Seeks To Stop Destruction Of Guns

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona gun-rights group is seeking to stop municipalities from destroying guns voluntarily turned into police departments.

The Arizona Daily Star reports (http://bit.ly/UJRQdr ) that the Arizona Citizens Defense League is pressing the Legislature to change a law, adding guns “surrendered” willfully by the owner to the list of firearms police departments must recirculate back into the market.

The move comes after Tucson police recently destroyed more than 200 guns collected during a buyback program.

State law now requires police departments to sell confiscated or found guns to a licensed dealer, once they ensure the firearms weren’t stolen or needed for evidence.

But defense league spokesman Charles Heller says the law’s wording allows some police departments to go around it.

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