Mississippi cities and counties would be banned from buying and destroying guns, under a proposal lawmakers are considering.

House Bill 314 says weapons purchased in buy-back programs would have to be put up for public auction rather than destroyed. Although buy-back programs are not common in Mississippi, they’re held in some parts of the country to reduce the number of weapons in crime-ridden areas.

The bill passed the Judiciary B Committee on Thursday and moves to the full House for more debate.

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