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  •  There is a law....................... (1+ / 0-)
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    in my home state that any and all guns confiscated by all police in the state for any and all reasons MUST be sold at public auction run by the state police.  While the auctions are only for licensed gun dealers the guns may be resold retail and put back on the street.  I may be wrong but I seem to remember a news report on some guns circulating through the system multiple times; meaning that they were used in multiple crimes.

    Our larger cities used to destroy all confiscated weapons but the NRA put a stop to that a number of years ago.  Before the law I remember a news video showing a pile of guns rolled over by a stream roller and flattened like a pancake; a type of carnage that was apparently too much for the RWGNs to bear.  Killing babies--OK, turning objects in to scrap--Not so much.

    The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation--HDT

    by cazcee on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 05:14:15 AM PST

    •  Oh! I just remembered…………. (1+ / 0-)
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      one of the cruel ironies of the law is that the proceeds from the sale of a gun from a local police department will be returned to that department and can be used for the purchase of BODY ARMOR, among other things.

      The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation--HDT

      by cazcee on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 05:25:07 AM PST

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      •  On the other hand (1+ / 0-)
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        Which benefits public safety more, destroying hundreds of guns or putting tens of thousands of dollars in a police department budget?

        •  Only the larger cities........... (0+ / 0-)

          and police departments get thousands. Most of the smaller departments turn in one or two guns and get a few hundred back; not enough to buy enough body armor to protect against one AK47 with a banana clip.

          Also, in reply to another earlier comment; we have all manner of state surplus auctions for everything from desks, to boats, to mowers, to police cars. The gun auction is completely separate and you have to be a licensed gun dealer to even attend.

          The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation--HDT

          by cazcee on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 01:55:37 PM PST

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    •  it's kinda open to local policy here in TX (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't think ones committed to evidence come up at auction very often, but if you can identify a stolen gun you can get it back. Now the abandoned property sale once a year that the local PD/SO puts on sometimes includes firearms (and often includes bicycles, cars, computers, jewelry, and all manner of miscellany. My neighbor got fifteen or sixteen fishing rods with reels last year, bidding $2 on the lot).

      The big draws are the state surplus auctions and surplus property auctions ... A&M had an airplane in one year before last...

      LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

      by BlackSheep1 on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 10:54:37 AM PST

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