Law Enforcement Sell or Destroy Worthwhile Home for Political Factors


Screenshot from Fox 23 report on April 16, 2019

U.S.A. –-( In April, two Oklahoma law enforcement departments auctioned off guns they had accumulated. The guns had not been made use of in crimes, but had been seized for a selection of causes. They had been turned into the police by people today who did not want them. They had been seized from prohibited possessors. They had been forfeited as component of plea bargains.

Oklahoma County auctioned off about 500 firearms they had collected. The guns had been sold to dealers with federal firearms licenses (FFL).

Tulsa County auctioned off more than 700 firearms. They collected $129,000 from the auction. If the price tag per firearm in Tulsa averaged the very same as in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma County would have received about $92,000. It is a good chunk of alter. Expenses to run the auctions for a couple of FFL dealers are minimal.  From

The sale brought in more than $129,000 to offset the department’s spending budget.

There is no sensible benefit of destroying guns rather than promoting them. If a dealer does not invest in a gun at the auction, he merely buys one particular from a manufacturer.  When the police sell a gun, the funds goes to the division rather of a gun manufacturer.  Even broken guns are worthwhile. Components outlets will invest in broken guns to use for spare components.

Each Oklahoma County and Tulsa County auctions had been performed by Sheriff departments.

In Oklahoma City and the City of Tulsa, the police departments do not sell the guns they gather. They invest more funds and destroy them.

The quantity of guns seized in Oklahoma City has been trending up. KGOU says the quantity seized in 2018 was more than two,000.

The quantity seized in the City of Tulsa was more than 1,500. Each departments go to the further expense of destroying the firearms rather than promoting them to federal dealers. From

Each departments destroy seized guns rather than reuse or sell them at an auction.

“Our purpose is not to place guns back out on the street,” Adair stated. “Whatever we may possibly get from the sale just is not worth it.”

The goal of destroying guns appears purely ideological. It does not “remove guns from the streets”.  Suppliers are generating millions of guns each and every year to take up any demand that outcomes from destroyed guns. The guns destroyed would have gone to a dealer, to be sold by means of specifically the very same channels in the very same manner as new guns with the very same safeguards as new guns.

Applying the ratios from the Tulsa County sales, Oklahoma City will be throwing away about $368,000. The City of Tulsa will be throwing away about $276,000 dollars, all to make an obscure ideological point that “guns are bad”.

Portion of the distinction might be Sheriff’s are straight elected. The head of the police division in Oklahoma City is chosen by the City Manager, who is hired by the City Council. It is a political position but twice removed from accountability to the people today.

The City of Tulsa Police Chief is appointed by the Mayor of Tulsa. The police division is as a result a energy center for the Mayor, and the police chief is straight accountable to the Mayor of Tulsa, rather of straight to the electorate, as Sheriffs are.

Historically, urban police departments have access to far more tax funds and are much less concerned with husbanding sources than are rural sheriff departments.

Ideologically, these who want a disarmed population frequently get started their arguments with: “If there weren’t any guns”. They have an emotional attachment to the fantastical notion of a planet with out guns. This fantasy is fed by sacrificing hundreds of thousands of dollars for their emotional gratification. Largely, it is an individual else’s funds.

About Dean Weingarten:Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Group for 4 years, and was very first certified to teach firearms security in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years till the purpose of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and not too long ago retired from the Division of Defense soon after a 30 year profession in Army Investigation, Improvement, Testing, and Evaluation.


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