[Video] Los Angeles Melts Down 5,000 Guns to Build Roads… Wait, What?!
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The city of Los Angeles, California has melted down around 5,000 firearms that I could have had a lot of fun shooting. Sorry, off topic.
According to CBS Los Angeles,
Nearly 5,000 handguns, rifles and other weapons were destroyed Wednesday as part of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s 21st annual Gun Melt event, authorities said.
KNX 1070’s Karen Harlow reports weapons that were confiscated in Los Angeles County and collected through the “Gift for Guns” program were melted into materials that will eventually help support the county’s infrastructure.
Interim Los Angeles County Sheriff John Scott and other law enforcement officials were on hand for the annual event at the Gerdau Steel Mill in Rancho Cucamonga, which donates its furnace, equipment and personnel to convert the weapons into steel rebar to be used in construction of freeways and bridges.
Sounds like a waste of perfectly good firearms to me.
If the city really didn’t want to keep possession of these weapons, why not just auction them off to a federally licensed firearms dealer like many other states do. This benefits both the local city government as well as the local economy.
Hopefully nothing too histroically significant was melted down to use in the building of LA’s next on-ramp.