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State Supreme Court Strikes Down Arizona City’s Destruction of Firearms

Friday, August 18, 2017

State Supreme Court Strikes Down Arizona City’s Destruction of Firearms

Fairfax, Va. Arizona's law-abiding gun owners won an important victory on Thursday when the State Supreme Court struck down a Tucson city ordinance requiring the destruction of confiscated firearms. The ruling specifically acknowledged the NRA’s amicus filing by adopting its argument “that preserving the right to bear arms under the federal and state constitutions is also a subject of state concern.” As such, under this ruling, ordinances from Charter Cities cannot run afoul of such rights.

“We applaud the Arizona Supreme Court’s ruling,” said Chris Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “Firearms should not be summarily destroyed by local governments."

Arizona law prohibited local governments from regulating the ownership, licensing, or use of firearms. That law was ignored 12 years ago when the Tucson city council passed an ordinance allowing for the destruction of firearms. This ruling keeps the regulation of firearms at the state level.

“On behalf of the NRA’s five-million members, I want to thank Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich for his defense of Arizona’s firearm preemption law,” concluded Cox.  “This decision sets an important precedent to protect Arizonans’ firearms freedoms from future infringement by local ordinances.” 


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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.