Senate Dems try to amend gun buyback bill

Senate Dems try to amend gun buyback bill

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By BOB CHRISTIE
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - Senate Democrats frustrated that gun control bills they introduced this year failed to get a single hearing tried tacking 18 amendments onto a Republican bill banning cities and counties from destroying guns turned in at buybacks.

The procedural effort on the Senate floor Monday was led by Sen. Steve Gallardo and top Democratic leaders. Gallardo's amendments included a ban on armor piercing bullets, another on high-capacity magazines and an assault weapons ban.

Each was rejected by Republicans who control the Senate.

Democrats argue the underlying bill is counter to normal GOP arguments for local control. It was approved on a voice vote and now requires a final vote to pass and be sent to Gov. Jan Brewer. It has already passed the House.

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