A bill allowing police departments to auction confiscated firearms has passed in the Michigan State Senate and moves to the house. The details leave me a bit conflicted, although I consider this a significant improvement over simply destroying them.
According to the news report, they will auction off guns where they can’t find the owner, and where the gun is not being held as evidence. The big problem I have is that they’ll only sell them to Federal Firearms Dealers, rather than to any qualified person. While it increases the supply at stores, it probably means that the departments will receive less money at the same time that the average citizen would miss out on a bargain. Still, it’s a step in the right direction.
Found via Maddened Fowl.