Monday, November 26, 2012

KY:Confiscated weapons = Guns for sale


Nearly 15 years after Kentucky passed a law requiring state police to collect guns seized around the state and auction them off to buy equipment for police departments, debate over its impact continues. Attitudes of some critics of the law have changed, though. Police chiefs, once the most vocal in opposition to the move, have warmed to it after it helped raise more than $7 million for bulletproof vests and other equipment for their departments.

Other officials and national gun watchdog groups, however, continue to voice concerns that the program makes available more cheap guns that find their way into the hands of criminals.

Weapons auctioned by Kentucky State Police to licensed gun dealers totaled 3,200 last year and will exceed 4,000 this year. They include a variety of pistols, rifles and shotguns, large-caliber weapons and even an occasional assault weapon like the AR-15 – the same type of weapon the Colorado theater shooter used to injure 58 people and kill 10 last July.

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2 comments:

Dean Weingarten said...

Guns are valuable property. It is wasteful to destroy them. All it does is waste police resources and increase the demand for new guns.

Confiscated guns should always be sold for market value. If the guns are not functional, they should be sold for parts.

Wireless.Phil said...

They now need to replace all of the bulletproof vests
Body armor used by special ops troops recalled http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/11/23/special-ops-body-armor-recalled/1723657/

U.S. body armor plates being replaced
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2012/11/25/US-body-armor-plates-being-replaced/UPI-23791353861715/#axzz2DL57QJnl