Bill Would Allow Police To Sell Confiscated Guns 11-17-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Bill Would Allow Police To Sell Confiscated Guns 11-17-2010

Michigan police departments may be able to save thousands under legislation approved recently by the state Senate, said sponsor Sen. Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw Township.
The bill would permit law enforcement agencies across the state to retain confiscated weapons.
A local law enforcement agency could also sell or trade confiscated weapons to a licensed firearms dealer and use the proceeds for departmental use.
"During difficult economic times, it's critical that tax dollars be used effectively," Kahn said. "Allowing police departments to use confiscated weapons or sell them through appropriate legal channels will provide additional funds for the departments. The state must look for innovative ways like this to create savings."
Under current law, weapons may be confiscated and disposed of by the Michigan State Police or local law enforcers.

Antique and other weapons of value are generally auctioned off, while the remaining weapons are destroyed.
"I hope the state House will approve this measure quickly and that it will be signed into law," Kahn said. "Police departments across the state could benefit from the change right away."
Kahn worked with Saginaw Police Department Chief Gerald Cliff and the department's firearms specialist Thomas L. Heritier, to develop the legislation.
The bill has been sent to the House for further consideration.
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