Tucson is a sprawling metropolis of nearly 1 million people in the metropolitan area, nestled in the southern Arizona desert at that base of the Santa Catalina Mountains and only 60 miles north of the Mexican border. Currently, Tucson’s biggest claims to fame includes the University of Arizona with their nationally ranked NCAA basketball team and former US Rep. Gabby Giffords.
Sadly, Tucson is controlled by liberal Democrats who, like Obama and Clinton, are anti-Second Amendment. The current Mayor of Tucson is Jonathan Rothschild, a Democrat. The City Manager is Michael Ortega who claims to have no political party affiliation, but who generally sides with the liberal Democrats. Five of the six other members of Tucson city council are Democrats, with one lone Republican.
Tucson has a policy of destroying every gun they confiscate. The problem is that sometimes they confiscate guns from innocent people who find out that their guns cannot be returned because they were destroyed or slated for to be destroyed. Some believe the destruction of the firearms is illegal, since a pair of 2013 state laws require law enforcement agencies to sell confiscated firearms instead of destroying them.
However, the Tucson city council refused to budge on the issue and enforced a city ordinance directing the law enforcement agencies to destroy the firearms. In an attempt to get cities and local governments to comply to state laws, the state legislature passed a law in 2016 that basically forces local governments to abide by state law or face the loss of state funds. In Tucson’s case, they receive about $170 million in state aid annually.
Arizona State Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a lawsuit against Tucson for defying the state law and destroying confiscated firearms. In turn, the city of Tucson has filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of the 2016 law and insists on taking their case to the state Supreme Court. Brnovich says that gun control is a state issue, not a local issue and therefore, Tucson has no right to pass gun control ordinances that are opposite of those passed by the state.
Mick Rusing, an attorney with the NRA, commented about Tucson’s policy of firearm destruction, saying:
“…a mountain of empirical evidence supports the legislature’s judgment that Tucson’s efforts to eliminate as many lawful firearms as possible would ultimately increase the rate of violent crime.”
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Title 44, chapter 9, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding article 26, to read:
ARTICLE 26. TRANSFER OF PERSONAL PROPERTY
44-1382. Transfer of personal property; city, town or county
NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER LAW, THIS STATE AND A CITY, TOWN OR COUNTY SHALL NOT REQUIRE AS A CONDITION OF A PRIVATE SALE, GIFT, DONATION OR OTHER TRANSFER OF PERSONAL PROPERTY THAT THE OWNER OF THE PERSONAL PROPERTY SEARCH OR FACILITATE THE SEARCH OF ANY FEDERAL OR STATE DATABASES AND SHALL NOT REQUIRE THAT A THIRD PARTY BE INVOLVED.
It was no surprise that when SB 1122 was introduced on the state Senate floor, Sen. Steve Farley (D-Tucson) objected and criticized the bill, saying:
“This is over-wrought. This does not allow local cities or counties to do any type of a background check for any exchange of property including cars. This is being decided before the state Supreme Court right now so let’s not rush it. We should not be deicing for a city what’s best for the public safety of its citizens.”
“The city of Tucson is arguing that gun regulations are a matter of local control. I think we should wait to see what the court decides before we make any more laws that could be invalidated.”
What’s happening in Tucson is an example of the underlying agenda of the leftist Democratic Party. Their goal is to undermine and destroy the US Constitution and all of the Amendments so that they can write their own liberal governing document that would strip all rights away from citizens and give complete dictatorial power to the elite in power.