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Swords into Plowshares ... Guns into Rebar?

The county Sheriff's Department plans to melt down 500 confiscated rifles and handguns.

Think of it as a modern-day version of the Bible passage about beating swords into plowshares.

The property and evidence bureau of the Orange County Sheriff's Department announced plans to destroy 501 firearms – 305 handguns and 196 long guns.

"The firearms will be taken to a steel mill where they will be melted down and turned into reinforcing bar, also known as rebar," the department said in a press release issued Friday.

Most of the guns were turned over voluntarily for destruction, officials said. Others were confiscated after being used in suicides or crimes, or seized from people who are banned from owning guns.

BTB October 21, 2012 at 01:38 AM
I'm willing to bet that many of these guns end up in some cops personal collection.
MisturChips October 21, 2012 at 05:32 PM
I don't understand why they don't auction them off to people looking for a decent deal on a firearm. AR-type rifles have quite a demand, but are too pricey for me in CA with their artificially inflated value here. they could raise money to help various causes by doing this. If someone's 'banned from owning a gun', they should have the right to sell or give their property away to to someone who does (Of course, one would still have to go through DROS and such to make sure the recipient passes the background check etc..).
Dennis Fletcher October 24, 2012 at 06:41 AM
I love this idea !!! Dennis
Leonard Kinkade December 21, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Many of these guns are stolen, or poorly made, modified to make them illegal or in some manner damaged, which would cause extreme liabilty for the county if they sold such weapons. However, your right there are some weapons that could be resold, however the Sheriff's department dosen't have the resources to check every weapon to see which are good and which are modified or dangerous. You might put together a business plan, to purchase these weapons for any police department that would be willing to sell them to you. Of course you need a Federal Firrearms license, a state resale license, and a city or county sales license. You will need a certified armorer who can check all these weapons prior to selling them. And of course you would need Liabilty Insurance in case one of these guns malfunctions. Also, a place to sell these weapons. This is a possibility especially right now, when firearms are flying off the shelf at gun stores, and police agencies in dire need of additional funds.This is just a suggestion, but you see it not all that easy to get these weapons back in general circulation without a great amount of money to start such a business and all the while the Feds breathing down your neck.

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