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Maricopa supervisor urges veto of gun buyback ban

PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox is urging Republican Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a bill requiring cities and counties to sell guns turned over to police at community buyback events rather than having them destroyed.

Wilcox sent a letter to Brewer Wednesday pleading with her to veto the bill and keep the guns from returning to the streets where they could be used for violent acts.

The Arizona House and Senate have approved House Bill 2455. Republican backers say destroying guns turned over to local governments is a waste of taxpayer resources.

Wilcox is a Democrat who champions gun buybacks and survived being shot in the buttocks at the end of a 1997 Board meeting. She says the bill would force the resale of guns the owners wanted destroyed.

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