Residents of Tucson are coming up with creative ways to raise the $100,000 needed to cover the cost of losing its gun fight with the state of Arizona. Tucson will pay the state $100,000 in fees “per Supreme Court for gun destruction case. Each side will bear own fees & costs in Superior Court action,” according to a tweet by the Attorney General on Wednesday.
Some residents of the fifth poorest metropolitan area in the country believe the Tucson City Council members, who opted to fight the state, should cover the cost of their questionable judgment. Suggestions like charging a “buck a toss” at dunk tanks occupied by council members are filling up Tucson residents’ social media pages.
In December 2016, the Arizona Attorney General’s office filed a Petition for Special Action alleging the City of Tucson’s gun destruction ordinance violated Arizona law. State law prohibits local governments from destroying firearms. However, the City of Tucson enacted an ordinance that requires police to destroy seized firearms.
The Tucson City Council voted unanimously to fight Brnovich.