New gun law goes into effect Friday in Arizona


New gun law goes into effect Friday in Arizona

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YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – A new gun law goes into effect Friday in Arizona. It says cities cannot destroy confiscated guns, they have to auction them off.

Governor Jan Brewer signed House Bill 2455 back in May.

It states police departments will destroy illegal guns—such a sawed-off shotguns or firearms that have had their serial numbers filed off.

But guns that are forfeited through court cases will be auctioned off.

13 On Your Side checked with the Yuma Police Department to see if this new law is going to force them to make any big changes.

They told us it would not.

They've been selling off confiscated firearms to licensed gun dealers before this new law.

They will continue checking to see if any such firearms are stolen or were used in the commission of crime.

Other police departments, however, might have to make some changes.

The Yuma Police Department had 165 confiscated firearms in their possession as of January.

The only other weapons that will not ever be sold or immediately destroyed are ones that are needed as evidence in criminal cases.

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