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NRA Wants Tucson Gun Program Ruled Illegal

The National Rifle Association says Tucson’s policy of destroying seized and surrendered weapons is designed to suppress gun ownership. The group's lawyer wants the Arizona Supreme Court to side with Attorney General Mark Brnovich who says a state law passed in 2013 requires guns to be sold rather than destroyed.

Brnovich went after Tucson’s program because of a new statute mandating his office investigate any time a lawmaker claims a local government is ignoring state law. If Tucson is found to be in violation, it could lose more than $100 million a year in state aid.

Lawyers for the city have argued that its status as a charter city allows local elected officials to decide what to do with city property, including guns. But the NRA’s attorney says the policy is part of a “crusade against the Second Amendment," which is designed to impede law-abiding citizens’ ability to acquire firearms by reducing the supply.

City records show 4,820 guns have been destroyed since the beginning of 2013.

Will Stone grew up with the sounds of public radio. As a senior field correspondent, he strives to tell the same kind of powerful stories that got him into the business — whether that means trudging through some distant corner of the Sonoran Desert or uncovering an unknown injustice right down the street. Since joining the KJZZ newsroom in 2015, he has covered political scandals, fights over the future of energy, and efforts to care for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable communities. His pieces have also aired on national programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now and Marketplace. Before coming to KJZZ, he reported for public radio stations in Nevada and Connecticut. Stone received his degree in English literature from Haverford College, where he also wrote about the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia. After graduating, he interned at NPR West in Culver City, California, where he learned from some of the network’s veteran reporters and editors. When he doesn’t have a mic in hand, Stone enjoys climbing mountains, running through his central Phoenix neighborhood and shamelessly promoting his cat, Barry.