Woman Turns in Valuable WWII Gun at Police Station Weapon Buy-Back


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BigFatKen
December 12, 2012, 09:03 AM
I wanted to know if this weapon had value? Since no mention of registration is made, I thought it is contraband. My wife sees these on TV at NFA dealers and believes it can be traded. What is true?



Just like a scene out of “Antiques Roadshow,” a woman in Hartford, Conn., turned in an old rifle to her local police station’s gun buy-back, only to discover the gun was worth anywhere from $20,000 to $25,000. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, inherited the gun from her father who had brought it home with him from Europe as a memento from World War II.
The two officers conducting the gun buy-back, who are resident gun experts for the Hartford Police Department, informed the owner she was in possession of a Nazi Assault Rifle, the first of its kind, that dates back to 1944.
The gun is called a Sturmgewehr 44, literally meaning “storm rifle,” and is the first “modern assault rifle ever made, eventually replaced by the AK 47 in 1947 by Russia, who copied the German design of the Sturmgewehr 44,” Officer Lewis Crabtree, one of the two officers who discovered the gun, told ABC News.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/12/woman-turns-in-valuable-wwii-gun-at-police-station-weapon-buy-back/

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jmorris
December 12, 2012, 09:35 AM
If she "didn't know it was a machinegun" but had possession it was worth a lot more than $20-25k to her, to get rid of it without legal action.

BigFatKen
December 12, 2012, 10:57 AM
I'm not sure what you mean. Randy Weaver had no intent nor knowledge of a too short shotgun, but look at what happened to his family.

jmorris
December 12, 2012, 11:13 AM
She was in possession of an illegal firearm (I am going to assume) and she got rid of it without recourse (it seems). That's a win, win and worth more than $25k.

In any case an Illegal machine gun is less than worthless, it's a liability. Who is going to pay $25k for a non transferable machinegun?

MasterSergeantA
December 12, 2012, 11:23 AM
There is a thread over on the Sturmgewehr board that indicates she may well be able to realize some profit from a legal transfer of the gun. Also nice that the police were not so quick to destroy something of historical value.

http://www.sturmgewehr.com/webBBS/semiforum.cgi

Sam1911
December 12, 2012, 11:25 AM
Already under discussion: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=688620

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