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Updated Mar 12, 2014 - 6:33 am

Bill could penalize Arizona cities for gun laws

PHOENIX — The Arizona House of Representatives will debate a bill that
would impose fines on cities and towns that enforce gun ordinances stricter than
the state’s own laws.

House Bill 2517 by Republican Rep. Steve Smith of Maricopa would impose a civil
penalty of up to $5,000 on city and town governments that violate the statute.
Smith said he wants the state “to have some teeth” in enforcing the law.

Republicans passed a law last year forcing cities to sell, not destroy, guns
from buyback programs. Democrats complained that the state objects when the
federal government imposes laws on Arizona, but then it does the same to
municipalities.

Opponents contend the bill would violate municipal sovereignty. The House will
debate the bill on Wednesday.

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