June 8, 2004, 04:16 PM
Many of the firearms confiscated from arresties enter the DOJ system and if people bother they take months or years to get back. Many obviously never get returned to the rightful owner and are torch cut through the action, barrel, etc. Then scrapped. I'm not sure of the policies of other states but I know in CA for one the CHP used to collect all the servicable, safe, legal to own, firearms from all the PDs and have auctions. Some nice stuff available too. CHP stopped doing this. Is there something we all can do to get this process started up again? Perhaps have them simply have a list of available firearms available at your dealer and you could order it like from a distributor. No matter the method we should not be losing some of these firearms, many of which are stolen from people like us they aren't just crappy junk guns. The obvious angle for the state is the revenue.
June 8, 2004, 05:18 PM
It just makes me sick to think about all of those perfectly good guns being destroyed!! Here in WI the DNR has a big gun auction every couple of months.
June 8, 2004, 06:10 PM
The obvious angle for the state is the revenue.
If the People's Republic of California cared about revenue, it would act like it in thousands upon thousands of ways.
June 8, 2004, 06:14 PM
I think the only way to push it through would be dealer and police support. Some kind of assurance ( because aparently their background check system isn't enough) that these were going to legal gun owners. Damn hypocrytes
June 8, 2004, 09:01 PM
I was not aware of any program where the CHP went around collecting firearms from local PDs to conduct auctions. When I worked for the Sheriff of Kings County, he used to trade in weapons which couldn't be returned to the rightful owners to a wholesale house for credit towards the purchase of arms, ammunition, and other equipment.
The Sheriff later made a political decision not to sell confiscated arms and instead have them destroyed if the rightful owner couldn't be located.
In any event, for a chief law enforcement official to auction firearms he would have to follow all the federal and California laws relating to the sales of firearms. Since it is highly unlikely the chief law enforcement official will have a FFL, he or she would be restricted to auctioning the firearms off to FFL holders with a California Certificate of Eligibility.
For a stolen firearm to be returned to its rightful owner there at least has to be a record in NCIS that the firearm was stolen. Then the owner has to be located. If the owner can't be located, then the firearm will be disposed of in accordance with law and the department's policy. In some cases the firearm with no rightful owner can be converted to the department's use.