The point of a gun buyback event is to get guns off the street. But, our own governor, Jan Brewer, just signed into law legislation to make the events pointless.
Several cities here in Arizona have conducted gun buyback events, and successfully collected hundreds of weapons. To ensure those weapons didn’t make it back into the hands of criminals, they were to be destroyed by local police departments. But, Arizona’s finger-wagging governor undermined all their efforts by mandating that surrendered weapons must be sold back to gun dealers, rather than being destroyed.
Arizona already has a law on the books requiring seized guns to be resold, but cities and counties argued that guns collected at buybacks didn’t fall under the law because they were voluntarily surrendered. Now, Brewer’s stricter mandate undermines local control and goes against the wishes of the people who surrendered their weapons to keep them off the street.
In addition to the resale legislation, the queen governor also signed a law that prohibits local towns and cities from collecting or storing any information about individuals that purchase or sell guns.
So, in one day, Jan Brewer went against the will of the people and mandated that cities can’t get weapons of war off their streets and then made it virtually impossible to track illegal gun sales.
Whose side is she on? And, what was she thinking?