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    Confiscated Firearms -- Put to Good Use in UT

    POLICE PUT CONFISCATED GUNS TO GOOD USE...ON THE FORCE.
    Link: www.standard.net/live/news/148232/

    Tuesday, November 11, 2008: ROY (a city next to Ogden, UT) -- The police department now has three more guns for officers to use -- thanks to the criminals they confiscated them from. The department was in a rare and interesting situation when officers realized three firearms they'd seized, two riot shotguns and a Glock .40-caliber pistol, were within their legal right to use.
    Police sought approval from the city council to use the weapons during a recent meeting. The council voted unanimously to put the three firearms, two of which were confiscated and one that was found, into police use. The two shotguns had been stored at the department for several years and were "brand-spanking new," said Roy Police Captain Jack Bell. The department will use them to fire non-lethal rounds, he said. The rescued Glock is identical to the service pistols used by all Roy police officers. Police will use only weapons that are very similar, if not identical, to those already in use, he said. The guns were first cleared by the state lab, Bell said.

    Researchers conducted ballistic tests to ensure they weren't connected to any open cases or crimes. Police Chief Greg Whinham said it is the first time a situation like this has ever come up in the city. Confiscated weapons are usually either destroyed or auctioned, he said. Police used "due diligence" in locating the weapon's owners, said city attorney Andy Blackburn. "This is a unique issue, but I think it is the correct way to handle (it)." It isn't uncommon for Ogden police to use seized items, such as guns, for situational police work, said Lt. Scott Sangberg. The items are sometimes used in police sting operations and as education tools, he said.

    Sangberg said use of the items has to be approved by either the city council or the city attorney's office, depending on the item, its proposed use and its connection to a crime. Most firearms confiscated by the OPD [Ogden] are sold at auction, he said. Whinham said he wanted to make absolutely sure these weapons could be used by the Roy Police Department before pursuing the issue, and he found that to be the case. The savings to taxpayers is between $1,500 and $2,000, Whinham said, adding he's glad to be able to use the firearms. Mayor Joe Ritchie agreed, saying, "It's a savings to the taxpayer and a good way to use them."

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    Sheriff used to auction weapons here.....until too many Los Angeles PC pukes moved in.
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    Wow. That's unheard of. It's nice to see that someone stopped and used their brain for a minute instead of melting a... "CRIME GUN"!!!

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    I really wish they would hold firearms auctions down here. Instead they destroy them.


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    Hmm, if the dept needs guns and they have guns with no owner then I think that is alright.

    Also, if they need guns why not tell the general public or have some kind of fund raiser?

    Most people do not mind helping out their local PD...

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    A lot of departments around here have evidence room auctions. Local shops bid on the lot. Makes perfect sense - they get money, law abiding citizens get guns. Of course, my department's policy is to destroy them instead of getting free money

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    If our local police held auctions, they would make a lot of money. Its good to see confiscated firearms getting used instead of destroyed.

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    Police sought approval from the city council to use the weapons during a recent meeting.
    So how did they "use" the weapons during the meeting? Shooting at opposing council members or dissenting citizens ???
    Governments don't live together. People live together.

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    In Sacramento CA, the officers get first crack at them (for free) and anything that they don't want gets destroyed...
    "Guns are swell" - me

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    Quote:
    Police sought approval from the city council to use the weapons during a recent meeting.
    So how did they "use" the weapons during the meeting? Shooting at opposing council members or dissenting citizens ???
    Behold, the prepositional phrase terrorizes yet another copy editor asleep at the keyboard.
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    Somehow this news does not fill me with joy.

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