Wichita Police selling — not destroying — recovered firearms
Since a new state law was passed in 2015, Wichita Police have made $196,000 by selling recovered firearms instead of destroying them as most police departments do, according to the Associated Press.
Wichita Police use a middleman that sells the recovered firearms though an online auction house, which was not named in the story.
All of the weapons that are sold are no longer needed as evidence, the AP writes.
Wichita sent out a Request for Proposal two years ago, and the current middleman — propertyroom.com — made the city the best offer.
The Wichita Eagle learned that the city is received less than half of the $425,000 in total sales the guns generated because the companies than handle the sales take “a significant chunk of the proceeds.”
Firearms enthusiasts and Second Amendment supporters have long said police should sell their confiscated firearms to the public instead of destroying them.
The system currently used by Wichita Police appears to be a viable option.
Lee Williams, who is also known as “The Gun Writer,” cofounded Armed American News. Lee is also the chief editor of the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Journalism Project, and serves on the board of Florida Carry, Inc. Until recently, he was an editor for a daily newspaper in Florida. Before becoming an editor, Lee was an investigative reporter at newspapers in three states and a U.S. Territory. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a police officer. Before becoming a cop, Lee served in the Army. He’s earned more than a dozen national journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. Lee is an avid tactical shooter.