Arizona bill could penalize cities for gun laws

PHOENIX - The Arizona House of Representatives will debate a bill that would impose fines on cities and towns that enforce gun ordinances stricter than the state's own laws.

House Bill 2517 by Republican Rep. Steve Smith of Maricopa would impose a civil penalty of up to $5,000 on city and town governments that violate the statute. Smith said he wants the state "to have some teeth" in enforcing the law.

Republicans passed a law last year forcing cities to sell, not destroy, guns from buyback programs. Democrats complained that the state objects when the federal government imposes laws on Arizona, but then it does the same to municipalities.

Opponents contend the bill would violate municipal sovereignty. The House will debate the bill on Wednesday.

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