I think she may have a ticket to jail instead of a winning lottery.
Too bad that insane gun laws lead to this sort of situation.
There has not been an "amnesty" to allow registration of these guns since 1968.
I remember when the Gunny got to fire a Stg44 on Mail Call.
I was sooooo jealous!
What a shame that it was turned in for one of these stupid gun “buy backs”. The thing either belongs in a museum, or someone’s collection, where it would be appreciated.
Give the LEO’s credit - IF the article is accurate, the weapon will be sold to a museum and its owner will get the money.
May I ask that that Police Department clone themselves?
America needs more such police departments.
At least the Hartford Police Dept had some common sense in returning the historical weapon to the lady. And its sale will give her more money for her retirement:
As soon as officers saw this weapon, they knew its value.
“This is a gun that should actually be in a museum rather than in a shredder, Crabtree said.
And that’s why they will allow the owner to sell the gun.
“I give her credit for bringing it to us, Crabtree said.
A piece of World War II history — saved.
At my range last month, an elder gentleman was firing a BAR. I asked him if it was a sporterized version or was it an automatic. He said it was an auto fire he brought home after WW2. I told him if he did not have a license for it, I’d be real careful whom he told that to. He laughted and said they told him to bring in back when he ETSed. He said no way and they never came to get it so he feels they wanted him to have it! WWII vets, got to love em.
WHAT IS IT?!?!?
How about a Manufacturer or Model??
Typical “reporting”....all about how “dangerous” it is...
“Assault Weapon”, 30 Round mag, 500 rounds/min.....mean NOTHING without make & model!!
This was the underlying argument resulting in the ATF's big loss in US v. Rock Island Armory; you see they derive their 'regulatory power' from the ability to apply a tax, but by forbidding the tax to be collected they destroy their own validity.
My uncle mailed home a japanese “Arisaka” infantry rifle at the end of WWII. Produced at the main Nagoya armory. Is in good shape, before they lowered quality towards the end of WWII.
Lewis is hoping to be an undetected thief. That gun won’t be melted down, as it should be if the program is authentic and not just an antiques grab bag.
Wow, a Sturmgewehr 44 ! Thank goodness the CT cops recognized it and did not send it to the shredder. High value firearms should be returned to the person turning it in with a view toward sale as the owner did not know the value. A historical weapon too, although if it is full auto and not legally owned, it could be sold to a museum and the money returned to the owner who turned it in as long as it was a citizen like this old lady who didn’t knowingly break the law.
There are a lot of WWII vets around who kept and never registered full autos they shipped home. As long as they or their heirs are OK citizens, there should be an amnesty and opportunity to sell or get the proper tax stamp.
GOOD COPS! Thanks for not destroying. In San Francisco, Chicago, NY and DC, this gun gets chopped into bits.
Starting the countdown before federales show up at her house and shoot her pets looking for more evil guns.....
I noticed that on the table next to this gun was an AR-15/M-16 model and what appeared to be a Springfield M-14. While I doubt anyone would turn in such fine weapons I guess some people just don’t know what they’ve got. I would love to have the M-14. I just can’t afford the $1,500+ price of one.
Wish I had been around. Last gun buyback they had in my city we stood outside and offered money to the people turning in their guns. I would give the owner of the M-14 more than what the cops would pay for it for darn sure.
If she knew what it was worth, I don't know if it would have been legal, but a car ride to a more friendly gun state to sell it to a more collector based gun-shop might have had a better financial out come for her than this.
And the “gun historian” police chief says these StG’s were issued to the SS. Wrong. I was able to fire one of these once a few years ago. It was great. This is the gun the Russians copied to make the AK-47, but that’s another can of worms.
And this gun can be donated to a museum, even if it’s not registered.
It’s a relief to know that evil rifle is no longer stashed away in that woman’s closet. /s