New North Carolina Law Will Prevent Police From Destroying Guns

September 3 2013
by GSL Staff
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Stock Gun Photo - ravenEveryone has probably seen a news story or advertisement for a so called “gun buyback” where your local police department or government buys unwanted guns from people.

These events have been criticized because most of the guns sold are antique, non functioning, or in some cases not even real firearms at all.

Guns bought in such events are usually destroyed. However, the state of North Carolina is going to start requiring that any of these guns be sold back to the public or kept by police.

According to Fox News,

The so-called “save the gun” law passed the Republican-controlled Legislature in the spring as the state moved to strengthen gun rights in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The law requires that law enforcement agencies donate, keep or sell confiscated guns to licensed gun dealers. Guns may only be destroyed if they are damaged or missing serial numbers, according to the report.

In the past, North Carolina law enforcement agencies needed a judge’s permission to sell or destroy guns. The move to strip judges and local police’s options in dealing with unclaimed guns was backed by the National Rifle Association.

This new law will not only bring in new revenue from the sale of the guns, but also save money due to the cost of destruction.

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