Arizona

May 19, 2013 6:00 PM by Associated Press

Police face difficult deadline in destroying guns

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix police are in a race against time in processing guns that the city purchased at recent gun buyback events.

A new Arizona law that hasn't yet taken effect bars cities and counties from destroying guns turned over to police at buyback events and instead requires that the guns be resold.

The Arizona Republic reports that that Phoenix's program brought in 979 weapons in two sessions earlier this month and an additional 937 guns on Saturday.

The law will go into effect 90 days after the legislative session ends, which could be any day.

Police are already struggling to process the weapons in their possession.

That leaves the program's supporters facing the prospect of forcing police to sell the weapons they are now buying from the public.

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