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.
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.