(Update) Arizona moves one step closer to making idolatrous gun worship the official state religion

Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

One would think the sheer stupidity of giving guns legal rights superior to an individual's private property rights to do with his or her own property as they deem fit would derail this crazy bill. I posted about this previously, Arizona moves one step closer to making idolatrous gun worship the official state religion:

I can't believe that this bill ever got assigned for a hearing, let alone wasting time debating it and voting on it.

False IdolsArizona
moved one step closer yesterday to making idolatrous gun worship the
official state religion. Guns will now be sacred objects and holy relics
that are protected from destruction, even by their owners who want to
dispose of them.

Your gun now has rights superior to your private property rights. And
"Big Brother" in Phoenix is taking away your local government control
again. Tea-Publicans don't believe what they preach. Arizona House committee supports law to prevent gun destruction:

House Bill 2455
clarifies that the state has decision-making authority over gun
regulation. It also clarifies that a state, county or local government
must sell guns it receives in any manner unless they are deemed to be
evidence in a crime. This includes weapons that individuals voluntarily hand over, even if their desire is for the weapon to be destroyed.
The bill also eliminates the current law requirement that a court must
authorize the sale and leaves the responsibility with the government
agency holding the weapon.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Brenda Barton, R-Payson,
passed the House Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs
Committee 5-3, with Republicans supporting it and Democrats opposing it.
It now needs a vote of the full House before moving on to the Senate.

The committee voted down an amendment
proposed by Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, that would have created an
exception in situations where an owner explicitly requests that the gun
be destroyed.

Barton said the goal of the bill is to strengthen the state’s authority over local governments in regulating firearms.

On Thursday,the gun worshipers and fetishists in the Arizona House approved this crazy bill, sending it on to the Senate. Arizona
moved one step closer yesterday to making idolatrous gun worship the
official state religion. House blocks destruction of buyback guns:

The state House voted Thursday to slam the door on gun "buyback"
programs, even when the owners specifically ask that their weapons be
destroyed.


Rep. Brenda Barton, R-Payson, said HB 2455 simply
clarifies existing laws that require governments to sell any weapons
that have been seized. The law also covers "found property," which is
defined as anything recovered, lost or abandoned that is not needed as
evidence.

But that has not stopped several communities from
continuing their programs, saying they remain able to obtain – and
destroy – weapons given voluntarily to police. This legislation,
approved on a 36-23 margin, blocks that by adding the word "surrendered"
to what is considered found and therefore must be sold off.

The
Republican-controlled House even rejected a proposal to allow
communities to have buybacks if there are no public funds involved, and
even if the owner of the weapon specifically says he or she wants it
destroyed
.

* * *

Gallego tried to add an exemption for Pima County, "one county that's
particularly been affected by gun violence." That also was beaten back
by the GOP majority
.

* * *

The measure, which now goes to the Senate, would put a halt to the
programs run by several cities in which individuals are encouraged to
turn in weapons they no longer want, or want out of their homes.

Some
are run strictly as drop-off locations. And some provide an incentive
of sorts, with merchants providing gift cards as partial compensation.
Either way, the weapons are destroyed.

* * *

House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, said lawmakers should
stay out of what is a matter best left to local officials and police
officers.

"They need to make the decisions that are best for their
community, not us," he said. "We should not be forcing our opinion on
our local governments and forcing our local law enforcement agencies."

Campbell chided supporters of the legislation for claiming it protects Second Amendment rights.

"If a firearm owner willingly wants to turn in their gun, that's actually their right under the Second Amendment," he said.

According to the lunatics running the asylum in the Arizona House, your gun now has rights superior to your private property rights. And
"Big Brother" in Phoenix is taking away your local government control
again. Tea-Publicans don't believe what they preach.

UPDATE: it turns out that there is something the Tea-Publicans in the Arizona House believe government should be able to destroy: Panel OKs police's destruction of legal pot.

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