Phoenix police work OT to destroys guns before new law

2013-09-19T09:56:00Z 2013-09-19T10:23:56Z Phoenix police work OT to destroys guns before new lawThe Associated Press The Associated Press

PHOENIX — Phoenix police officers worked overtime to check nearly 2,000 weapons from a gun-surrender program so they could be destroyed before a new state law required the firearms to instead be sold.

The guns were turned in last spring, and that a new law state meant they would have to be sold instead of melted down, The Arizona Republic reports.

However, Phoenix used nearly 175 hours of police overtime plus time donated by reserves and personnel from other agencies to process the guns before the law took effect Sept. 13.

The processing involved checking the guns to see whether they'd been reported stolen or had specific characteristics of weapons used in crimes.

Four of the guns were reported stolen, and one was linked to a shooting.

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