Some police agencies in Arizona are stockpiling weapons they used to scrap in response to a new state law designed to prohibit agencies from destroying weapons they confiscate.

The Arizona Republic reports that thousands of seized guns could be offered for sale or trade to licensed firearms dealers because of the new law.

Some agencies are stockpiling weapons as they try to establish agreements with federally licensed firearms dealers that they can do business with.

The law was the result of an effort to establish a statewide police policy on the disposal of weapons collected through forfeiture cases in which the weapon is surrendered to authorities via a court order after the owner is convicted of a felony in which a deadly weapon was used.