GUN What does your local Police do with confiscated weapons?

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  1. lt1_kid

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    They destroy them around here. No exceptions.
    Damn shame I think.

    The reason I write this post here is because it was a German WWII Luger in great condition. I am not a big gun buff but some fellas told me it was worth a lot of cash. I just think it is a damn horrible these are destroyed when other items such as cars and bikes are auctioned off at the end of the year.

    Now knowing WMD reputation for expressing their rights and loving police (I kid...I kid) has anyone ever looked to see what their local PD/SO does with said weapons that are confiscated? Have you attempted to change said policy? Has it worked?
     
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    Destroyed :wtc:
     
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    i guess it would look kinda bad if they sold the weapons and 1 of them ended up used in a crime, the media would jump all over that and just tear a department apart. public relations nightmare, i can see why they would avoid that possibility even though it is a shame
     
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    Either use them if they're good to go, use them for training if they're so-so, or just cut them up if they're trashed.
     
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    But they don't care that the cars they auction off can be used in a crime?
     
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    Cars don't kill people bro.
     
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    If they can be sold or returned, they go that route after every criminal process has been used. If they cant but have some historical value, they remain locked up shown occasionally to the public.

    After that, usually turned over to ATF or something.
     
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    I thought most PD's just destroyed them. :dunno:
     
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    Our sheriffs department confiscated a bunch of MGs in the 70s and recently. They like to keep them, problem is you have to give each new sheriff the same ideal.
     
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    They auction them off here after a while
     
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    because the media doesn't. you know as well as i do that the media would have a hay day if a gun auctioned off by the police ended up killing someone. they can't afford to take that chance with a public relation night mare, the soccer moms would burn the police station to the ground lol
     
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    Florida Fish and Wildlife keeps them at their local offices around the state. Every so often, someone drives around the state, gathers them up, and takes them to the main HQ.

    There they are cleaned up, sorted, and tagged for inventory. Eventually they are sold in bulk lots to gun dealers with the highest bid (not sure how the bidding process works). At least 90% of them were always .22 rifles.

    Illegal weapons are supposedly melted down, but in the 8 years I was there, I saw the same uzis and sawed-off stuff laying around year after year.

    I'm not sure if confiscated bows, crossbows, and spearguns go through the same process, but I've seen those in their store room as well.

    In the past, they were sold at public auction. But I guess someone thought it was a dumb idea for the guy who got his gun confiscated to be able to buy it right back.

    Not really related, but for the vehicle, boats, and trailers (and all kinds of other crap) that they confiscate, they'll either stripe it with their logos and use it, or sell it at Tampa Machinery Auction along with their other surplus equipment. The only reason I can think of for them not using confiscated guns is they get their own sweet guns every few years (I forget what they're issued), and have no use for Bubba's .22.
     
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    COlorado Springs auctions em off
     
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    How long did you work for them?
     
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    Around 8 years. I did asset management, so it was my job to keep track of everything: enter in new items, remove items we got rid of, etc., so I saw everything that came and went.
     
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    The sit in the evidence vault for a long time and then get destroyed. If a person brings a gn in to the police department to turn it in, they also get destroyed. They once had some anti turn in a full auto M16 during the AWB who got it when her father died. They tried to talk her out of it, but she said that she didn't want anyone owning it.
     
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    My company installed a massive storage system for the confiscated philly PD guns. They keep all guns for a certain in our system.

    If they were used in a crime, they are apparently stored forever in some mystery warehouse somewhere in Philly. Once I find it, It'll be my zombie hideout.
     
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