Michigan Looking to Allow Police Departments to Auction Confiscated Firearms

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.

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5 Responses to “Michigan Looking to Allow Police Departments to Auction Confiscated Firearms”

  1. E. Zach Lee-Wright says:

    Tennessee has a state law that requires police departments to sell off most confiscated guns. The exceptions are guns that would not be legal for a simple sale (sawed off shotguns, etc.) and broken guns. The sales are to or through FFLs. The system works well but on occasion a gun will resurface in a crime which happened when the nutcase attacked the guards at the Washington DC museum last year.

  2. Robert Fowler says:

    I think it’s a great idea. Why would anyone want to destroy a perfectly good firearm? As a dealer, this would be a great place to pick up some good used firearms at a good price and it would also help the police purchase the equipment they need. Sounds like a win win to me.

  3. crapgame says:

    I completely agree, it’s a much better solution than turning them into scrap metal. I hope that more states actually do this.

    My only (admittedly minor) gripe is a wish, as a qualified private buyer, to be able to bid as well.

    There was a slight amusing moment in the video, where the reporter walks by what is possibly a full auto Tommy Gun, and shows as an example a rifle that could be worth between $500 and $600!

  4. Tobie says:

    I like the idea, raising money for law enforcement, but the individual is cut out of the picture agian. I would be interested in attending the autions. But by the time the FFL dealers purchase the guns and then put them in their shops the price will be too much. The more people they have bidding on the items the more they will sell for and the more law enforcement will make.