Democrats failed to keep the bill from passing the Senate Tuesday after an impassioned debate where Giffords’ name was raised, and it’s now headed to Republican Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk for action. Brewer has not said whether she would sign it, but she’s a strong gun-rights supporter and had signed the 2010 law.
Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, a Democrat who champions the events and survived being shot in the buttocks at the end of a 1997 Board meeting, sent a letter to Brewer Wednesday afternoon urging a veto.
The bill “would force the resale of guns that would otherwise never have been used for violence,” she wrote. “How many lives would be lost through the use of weapons our citizens hoped to be removed from the hands of criminals?”
During the Senate debate, Republicans argued that guns should not be singled out for destruction when other property that comes into the hands of governments isn’t.
“This bill doesn’t really deal with guns per se, it deals with valuable property owned by the taxpayers that is being destroyed instead of being utilized for the benefit of those taxpayers,” said GOP Sen. Rick Murphy, a co-sponsor of House Bill 2455. “What this comes down to it’s not appropriate to tell taxpayers that they must subside with their dollars the destruction of useful property with no good reason, to accomplish nothing other than to make people feel good.”