On March 22, the chief of staff of Tucson city councilman, Paul Cunningham, was arrested after being verbally abusive to…
On Thursday the Arizona Supreme Court found that the gun policies adopted by the City of Tucson are of statewide concern and the “State may constitutionally prohibit a City’s practice, prescribed by local ordinance, of destroying firearms that the City obtains through forfeiture or as unclaimed property.”
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“The primary issue we address here is whether the state may constitutionally prohibit a city’s practice, prescribed by local ordinance, of destroying firearms that the city obtains through forfeiture or as unclaimed property. We conclude that a generally applicable state statute on this subject controls over a conflicting municipal ordinance, that the legislature may require the Attorney General to investigate and file a special action in this Court regarding alleged violations of the state law, and that this Court has mandatory jurisdiction to resolve whether the allegedly conflicting ordinance violates state law. Applying those principles here, we accept jurisdiction of the State’s special action and hold, in accordance with article 13, section 2 of the Arizona Constitution, that A.R.S. §§ 12-945(B) and 13-3108(F) supersede Tucson Code § 2-142,” wrote Justice Pelander for the Court.
The Court awarded the State court fees.
“The Court rejected all of Tucson’s constitutional arguments related to their illegal gun destruction ordinance. This is a victory for the rule of law and Second Amendment rights,” stated Attorney General Mark Brnovich.