Tucson Stops Illegal Destruction of Firearms, Grudgingly Follows State Law

The City Council of Tucson has finally been forced to stop their irrational violation of state law. For years the city council has been destroying valuable property that could have been sold for the benefit of the public. Instead, they insisted on expensive destruction for political grandstanding.

Since 2013 they have ordered 4,820 guns to be destroyed, conservatively valued at between $500,000 and $1,000,000. Guns sold at auction by police routinely bring $100-$200. One gun destroyed by the city is claimed to have been a rare collectible valued at $10,000.

A Colt Python in mint condition turned in to the Tucson Police in 2013 sells for about $3,000 in online auctions that must be processed through dealers. The revolver pictured (below) is presumed to be one of the 4,820 firearms destroyed by the City of Tucson City Council.

Mint condition Colt Python, valued at $3,000, Turned in to Tucson Police in 2013

Surprisingly, the vote on the council to follow the law was close, 4-3. From tucson.com:

The seven Democrats on the Tucson City Council, after meeting behind closed doors with their attorneys, said their hands were tied by the court’s decision. The city will begin auctioning off guns in the next few months to licensed gun dealers.

The vote Wednesday was not unanimous, however. The reversal of the policy narrowly passed 4-3, with council members Steve Kozachik, Karin Uhlich and Regina Romero voting against ending the practice.

Romero said she simply couldn’t stomach it.

“I couldn’t make myself vote ‘yes.’ I think it is wrong in every way, shape and form,” Romero said.

It is hard to see what logic Council member Romero followed in her decision. Destroying used guns only puts more money in the pockets of gun manufacturers. There are plenty of guns for sale in Tucson gun shops.  Selling the valuable antiques and used guns collected by Tucson police doesn’t put anyone at risk. They would be sold out of the same shops that sell new and used guns now, with the same background checks. Demand for new guns can be met with the sale of used guns.

Some of the guns would likely be sold to dealers of shops that are not in Tucson. Romero seems to be making a statement that she does not like guns. Romero approved of a Tucson resolution to divest City funds from any company that profits off the border wall with Mexico.  From thinkprogress.org:

“The goal is to get as many cities around the country as possible to jump on board because puny little Tucson will not make these corporations fearful,” Tucson’s Vice Mayor Regina Romero told ThinkProgress.

“Profits off the border wall” is a broad stroke. Many would contend the entire country will “profit off the border wall”. Tucson has often been opposed to policies the majority of Arizonas desire. Romero’s attitude helps to explain why.

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Editor’s Note: I would just like to point out for the readers, but especially for those who live in Tucson that these three council members voted AGAINST the law in order to make it harder for you to purchase firearms.  They put their own sick, twisted notion that gun control works ahead of both credulity, logic, reason and in this case, THE LAW.

Regina Romero went so far as to have a little snowflake meltdown saying “I couldn’t make myself vote ‘yes.’ I think it is wrong in every way, shape and form.”  

No Regina, what’s wrong is that you were destroying history, depriving the city of revenue, and putting your biased irrationality ahead of the will of the people and the rule of law.

You are no better than some Southern Democrat propping up Jim Crow laws because you have the vapors about the freemen getting uppity.

You, Regina Romero, should feel ashamed of yourself.  And that goes for your cohorts, Steve Kozachik and Karin Uhlich as well.  Hopefully your positions on the council aren’t so entrenched that the citizens of Wards 1, 3 and 6 can get rid of you next election cycle.  Because if they see what disdain you have for not only the law abiding but the law itself, they should send you packing straight to the unemployment line.


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