The American law-scape is a patchwork of often confusing bits of legalese, whose state-to-state and county-by-county variances can cause supreme confusion, especially for gun owners.
In a nation of states, whose rights haven’t been entirely trampled by the federal government, (yet), these difference are to be expected. This is just part and parcel to the American ideals of freedom from the federal government, allowing individual locales great leeway in structuring their own society.
In the case of gun owners, however, these varying laws carry with them varying degrees of common sense, which can be extremely frustrating at times. What may seem like a no-brainer in Oklahoma’s rural farm counties would never fly in the liberal safe haven of New York City, or vice versa.
In Spokane, Washington, for instance, police are allowed to sell confiscated, illegal firearms back into the community at auction, so long as the buyers are all registered FFL’s.
At first, this seems like a minor piece of of the police department’s financial puzzles, you would be surprised to hear how much money is actually generated by these sales.
“In 2016, the Spokane Police Department auctioned off 103 city and county abandoned firearms and 145 items like magazines, ammo and holsters. This brought in $14,736.75. The funds are used to make upgrades to the evidence facility.
“In the same year, the department sold five city seized long guns and 11 other items. That’s a total of just over $704. The funds raised from seized firearms go to a specific ‘seizure fund’ account with limits on what they can be used for. Police would not elaborate on specific uses of that fund. The city is required to pay 10 percent to Washington state on sold items.”
Of course, Spokane police don’t resell every firearm that ends up within their system. Many of these weapons are illegal beyond their recent use, either through modification or origin, and are destroyed.
Similarly, weapons found to be in dangerous operating order are eliminated as well.