Skip to comments.WA police agencies sell confiscated guns (barf alert)
Posted on 02/05/2013 1:31:44 PM PST by marktwain
Seattle's police department made headlines last month when it held a gun buyback event where citizens surrendered more than 700 firearms in exchange for Amazon.com gift cards.
SPD's policy is to destroy the guns it collects through the program, removing unwanted weapons from the hands of private citizens where they might otherwise be stolen, lost, used in a crime, or accidentally discharged.
But not all police agencies destroy guns seized by police or turned in by private citizens.
A KING 5 investigation of records filed with the State Treasurers Office showed that police departments in Hoquiam, Fife and Auburn sold seized firearms in the six-month period that ended in March 2012. Sheriffs Departments in Whatcom, Thurston, Kitsap and Pierce counties also sold seized firearms in the same period.
The Washington State Patrol (WSP) also sells hundreds of guns.
An invoice from May 10, 2012, shows that a law enforcement supply company -- G.W., Inc. -- gave WSP $42,200 in credit for 211 confiscated guns. WSP can use the credit to buy new equipment, guns and ammo.
State Patrol spokesman Robert Calkins said the trade-ins are a good deal for taxpayers.
If we can get some value for them, as opposed to asking the taxpayer to buy this with cash, were doing them a favor, he said.
But KING 5s investigation found that law enforcement agencies also sell the types of firearms that police themselves dont like to face on the streets.
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The only reason is propaganda, to delegitimize gun ownership and the Second Amendment.
The Reporter seems to be suffering from hoplophobia. (Irrational fear of weapons).
Hey...it’s Washington State (west side)...home of the white hut west....even rat business men screw their customers over there....
I stayed in Fife once when I was sent to FT Lewis. That was a cops episode waiting to be filmed.
If not, are they breaking the law by selling guns?
Washington state law requires guns obtained by police agencies be sold and NOT destroyed. Seattle PD may be breaking the law.
I thought that was the purview of the Federal government?
I think federal law requires that these guns be shipped across the border into Mexico.
Yep, I've though a few of those nights in my younger days in the military. Don't know how I survived.
But on topic, I wonder how many of these fine officers purchased the guns later on for their own personal armory?
Just try to buy one from one of the prospective buybackees in line however and watch how fast you get arrested. And no, the judge will not care that the po-lice were doing the exact same thing at the exact same time and will ignore your protests, as well as having them stricken from the record if he so desires so you have no legal recourse afterwards.
There’s a reason that Pierce County is featured quite often on that show. Ugh.
Police departments across the USA used to sell confiscated guns till the anti-gunners started bawling about “crime guns back on the streets!”
Our county destroys them but I have been other auctions outside the county.
You should see how people act at such an auction. The one I went to sold lots of other confiscated items at auction. It was boring going from trailer to trailer.
Then just after noon it was like an electric charge ran through the crowd! THEY WERE SELLING THE GUNS!
People started bidding up firearms. Junk guns were going for new prices! I could not believe it!
Everyone had to fill out federal paperwork for them.
At another auction a pawn shop dealer told me he went to see if he could pick up some bargains. He said he now wished he could have taken his firearm inventory and sold them at the auction as the guns were all going for NEW PRICES.
This was quite a few years ago before the current madness by Obama.
So if you have a cop selling guns to criminals you want to stop selling confiscated guns because they might end up in the wrong hands?
Pehaps it would be more effective to quit selling the guns to cops. Alloway admitting to turning around and selling the guns for big profits at local guns shows. He sold more than 700 guns, raking in $150,000, without the required firearms license. He didnt conduct background checks on the people to whom he sold the guns. Alloway is now in a federal prison in Colorado serving a sentence for the illegal sale of firearms.