ARIZONA ALERT - Contact Gov. Brewer
Our attention on this day turns back to Arizona. We must write and/or call Governor Brewer. Please ask her to sign HB 2455. This bill adds the word, "surrendered" to the current statute that directs a State, County, City or Town agency in possession of a firearm to sell it should it become excess or is no longer needed by the agency.
Here is Governor Brewers Contact Information:
Phoenix Office: (602) 542-4331
Tucson Office: (520) 628-6580
Fax Number: (602) 542-1381
In-State Toll Free: 1-800-253-0883 (Outside Maricopa only)
Governor's Web Contact Form:
Dear Governor Brewer,
Gun Owners of Arizona made a request for public records concerning Tucson's Gift Card for Firearms event.
Forty-five (45) personnel were assigned to cover the event at cost of over $10,000. This is a cost the taxpayer should not bear.
However, this was not the total cost of the Tucson Ward VI event. The Tucson Police Mobile Command Post was operating before, during and after the event. The event was three hours in duration. The Tucson Police Department did not quantify this cost in their answer to the Public Records request.
Then there is the cost of all the equipment used for the Ward VI event. This cost was not quantified either.
Let's not forget the cost of Councilman Kozachik and his staff in preparation for and during the event. This cost was not quantified.
Over two-hundred firearms were collected, most of which were bolt action 22's and old shotguns. If the intent was to get dangerous weapons off the street in order to prevent crime, this event failed in its mission.
The City of Tucson, Mayor and Council ordered TPD to immediately transport the 200-plus firearms to the destruction facility and they were destroyed in order to head off a lawsuit to prevent their destruction. This cost was not quantified.
Although most of the firearms destroyed were not valuable, some were, like a Winchester 22/250, a Winchester Model 37 20 gauge shotgun, several Remington 12 gauge shotguns, several Remington 700 rifles in various calibers, just to name a few.
All of the firearms collected should have been offered for auction to those registered Federally Licensed Firearm dealers as the City of Tucson does from time to time with other firearms in their possession whether they were seized or excess. The funds received as a result of the auction could have been used to purchase much needed equipment, ammunition or quality firearms.
Moreover, Ward VI Councilman Kozachik could not answer or account for the funds he received from various sources to purchase the Safeway gift cards. This lack of transparency could put the city taxpayer at further risk due to the appearance of improper accounting practices. It was reported that over $10,000 was collected yet it cannot be accounted for according to the Tucson attorney's answer to a Public Records Act request.
Had the firearms collected on that January 8th day been auctioned rather than destroyed, the taxpayer would have recovered some of the costs incurred by the Ward VI Gift Cards for Firearms event.
If people have firearms they no longer want, they are free to take them to a pawn broker or FFL and sell it to them. This would ensure that the next buyer would complete a 4473 and have a background check. They could also have their firearm destroyed if they wish. It is their property. The taxpayer should not bear the cost of destroying their property.
I ask that you sign HB 2455.
Thank you for your consideration.