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.
I give her credit for bringing it to us,
Many women have no concept of the value of an item like this. At a gun buyback years ago a widow woman took her husband’s down to turn them in. A mint condition COLT 1911, and a mint 1903 Springfield. The officer in charge urged her to take them to a place for apraisal as they were so valuable. The officer was then reprimanded for allowing two guns to get away.
A local widow sold her husband’s guns to the local police. They took advantage and gave her the equivalent of peanuts for a M1 Garand and his other rifles.
Made some locals real mad as they would have giver her lots more for them, because she was a widow.