I dont think you have been paying attention. It is still a very common practice to package confiscated guns with official side arms in a deal with a licensed firearms dealer to acquire new side arms for police departments.
I recall one instance last year where a city was stymied from destroying confiscated firearms by the state constitution that prohibited the destruction of valuable property (the confiscated firearms had an estimated value over $200,000). So the deal that included the confiscated firearms went forward.
As far a liability goes the police departments are shielded from liability because the firearms are no longer in police custody and are no longer city property once they are transferred to the licensed dealer. The dealer is also then bound by law to do background checks on the sale of the firearms acquired from the city.
Sure destroying confiscated guns is the politically correct thing to do these days but it is a very expensive statement to make when your city is going broke and your officers side arms are aging fast.
Oh and if you are going to impugn someones intelligence maybe you should proof read your post before you do.
I reserve the right to have mispelled words do to my phone’s autoincorrect...and I am not saying it never happens...just that it is not common and the story we were commenting on referred to a gun being taken for evidence in a criminal case...not a gun grab for monetary gain.
If I was trying to impugn someone’s intelligence I would have said it was the dumbest thing I had read..I purposely used the phrase I chose so I wouldn’t call someone a name but just comment in their opinion.