The Arizona Attorney General's Office says Tucson must stop destroying guns that have been turned over to police.
The Arizona Daily Star reports that in a letter to Tucson city officials last week, Assistant Attorney General Brunn Roysden wrote that failing to comply with these directions would mean a costly legal battle.
In the letter, Roysden wrote that if the Tucson City Council does not stop the destruction of firearms the Attorney General's Office will file a petition for special action with the Arizona Supreme Court.
City records show that the Tucson Police Department has destroyed 4,820 guns since the beginning of 2013.
The Tucson City Council will meet Tuesday to discuss a response to the letter.