May 4, 2013 11:34 AM by Associated Press

Phoenix gun buybacks set before law forces sales

PHOENIX (AP) - The city of Phoenix plans to hold gun buybacks on three weekends in a row starting Saturday as a new law looms that would hinder police participation in the events.

The law signed by Gov. Jan Brewer this week requires cities and counties to sell surrendered weapons instead of destroying them. It takes effect late this summer.

Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Steve Martos says that law would make it counterproductive to hold the events.

But Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik says the law is so full of loopholes he's confident the events can still be held with police participation.

The three Phoenix events are being held at churches in high-crime areas of the city. People get a $100 or $200 gift card for each surrendered gun.


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