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As a fan of firearms it’s awful to see localities destroy hundreds of perfectly good firearms, these areas collect firearms from “buy-back” events and seize firearms from criminals routinely and they simply choice to destroy them. Not all is despair though as some localities have instead opted for selling these firearms back to people.

West Virginia is raising funds for law enforcement by selling seized firearms back to the public at government run auctions. This works similarly to the way cities sell seized homes and cars back to the public. West Virginia’s treasurer ran an auction this past week with more than 600 guns up for sale, the funds generated by the sales is going to fund local law enforcement agencies.

From West Virginia Metro News: 

The auction was held Thursday at the Treasure’s Office warehouse in Charleston. More than 600 firearm lots were available for bid and over $139,000 was raised. Last year, the auction was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which created a backlog of weapons.

Moore said they worked with police departments across the state to collect weapons that were old, seized or not being used for an extended period of time.

“This comes from evidence rooms or firearms that the police departments and communities around our state no longer use, so then we auction them off and those proceeds go directly back to those police departments,” Moore said.

Part of the state’s Unclaimed Property law allows West Virginia law enforcement agencies to turn over any old or unused firearms to the Treasurer’s Office so it can be auctioned off annually to federally licensed firearms dealers. The funds can then be returned to the agency that turns over the firearms for their use.

 

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Mike
Mike
1 month ago

Great idea! All stated should do this.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 month ago

Wow Radical idea, awesome

Bryant
Bryant
1 month ago

So now you and the guns you bought are in a government database

Artfart
Artfart
1 month ago
Reply to  Bryant

If you had a background check to purchase any firearm, you and your guns are already in a government database. In reality, what does it matter?

Mark
Mark
1 month ago
Reply to  Artfart

I guess if they ever come to confiscate them you’ll find out why it mattered as you choose be submitting to surrender of shooting them in the face and then dying due to the overwhelming force they will garner against you.

Truckmant
Truckmant
1 month ago
Reply to  Bryant

being they are sold to dealers in the same way your info was going to be when you bye from a dealer any way

Artfart
Artfart
1 month ago

It makes sense to me!

Mark
Mark
1 month ago

YEAH!!! Gives the “state” more reasons to steal firearms in the first place. To sell them for the money.

Richard Muschlitz
Richard Muschlitz
1 month ago

It states that they are selling to federally licensed gun dealers.

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