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.