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Sun Dec 16, 2012, 08:32 AM

What happens to illegal guns used in committing crimes

after a trial is done? Are they kept forever as part of evidence, sold, or destroyed? Do they return to circulation?

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Reply What happens to illegal guns used in committing crimes (Original post)
Skidmore Dec 2012 OP
whistler162 Dec 2012 #1
atreides1 Dec 2012 #2
geckosfeet Dec 2012 #3
Historic NY Dec 2012 #4
Spider Jerusalem Dec 2012 #5
Skidmore Dec 2012 #7
bossy22 Dec 2012 #8
Skidmore Dec 2012 #9
hobbit709 Dec 2012 #6

Response to Skidmore (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 08:34 AM

1. Likely all of the above depending on the jurisidction and the case.

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Response to Skidmore (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 08:34 AM

2. That depends

Some are probably destroyed, and some are sold.

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Response to Skidmore (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 08:42 AM

3. As stated above - depends on jurisdiction, type of weapon and local resources etc.

Many possible outcomes for an impounded weapon.

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Response to Skidmore (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 08:50 AM

4. Most are destroyed but again....

the NRA got into the act lobbying for some turned in weapons to be sold for profit.

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Response to Skidmore (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 08:52 AM

5. I wasn't aware that was an issue, presently

the current discussion re guns and mass shootings involves legal firearms. Shifting the focus to what happens to illegal firearms is a red herring.

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Response to Spider Jerusalem (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 12:00 PM

7. Not a red herring. It could be a valid way to remove guns from circulation.

Particularly guns illegally obtain and used in crime. I see no valid reason why any of them should make it back out to the streets. This morning on Up with Chris Hayes, Goldie Taylor was telling about the life of the gun that had been used to kill her father. It was later used to commit another crime and she said she believes it is still out there today. Why not remove weapons that have already been used for crime from circulation and couple that reducing the number of people who can own them?

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Response to Skidmore (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 12:02 PM

8. yes it could be

the problem is some smaller departments rely on the revenue made from selling crime and PD weapons when they are finished with them.

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Response to bossy22 (Reply #8)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 12:11 PM

9. What better argument to take to the people about the need for increased revenues?

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Response to Skidmore (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 09:02 AM

6. All of the above and then some.

More than one PD has been caught using them as throw-downs

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