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Senate votes to make cities sell turned-in guns

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PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Senate has joined the House in passing a bill requiring cities and counties to sell guns turned in at community buyback events instead of destroying them.

The Senate passed the bill Tuesday on an 18-12 party-line vote. It now goes to Gov. Jan Brewer for action.

Democrats argued that Republicans complain about the federal government when it requires the state to take action yet they're quick to force local governments to do what they want.

Republicans argued that destroying guns obtained by cities and counties is a waste of taxpayers' money.

House Bill 2455 was designed to eliminate a loophole in a recently passed law that required police agencies to sell seized guns.

Cities, including Tucson, have continued to hold the buy-back events and destroy the weapons.

More information on HB 2455: www.azleg.gov/DocumentsForBill.asp?Bill_Number=HB2455&Session_ID=110

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