So, it turns out that the Memphis police department had its hands on two guns that later were used in high-profile shootings. I had no idea this went on. None. I’m naive I guess, but I thought that, if the police had custody of your guy one of three things would happen: 1. It would be returned to you at the appropriate time. 2. It would languish in an evidence locker. 3. It would be destroyed.
Who even knew there would be a 4? Who knew that 4 would be “sold off”?
All this nonsense about how guns are dangerous and how we have to get them off the streets and police departments are in the gun trade?
I know that the gun nuts are going to probably come down on the “What? I don’t see a problem,” side of this issue, but as much as the hippie liberal in me is mortified and embarrassed by this story, I also think this is a huge problem for gun owners. The police now have a huge incentive to take your guns from you and keep them from you, if they can.
I don’t know. I find this really troubling on a lot of levels. There are a lot of people in this country who think that, when a gun enters police custody, that that’s a dead end for that gun unless it’s returned to its owner. They’re going to be very angry to learn that a gun which the police have assured us has been taken out of the hands of a criminal is ending up back in the hands of criminals. Right or wrong, that’s just a fact.
This is going to be a national embarrassment for the state.
But I also find it troubling because the door it opens for corruption is so huge. Once you can sell off and profit from the things you confiscate from “criminals,” or once your budget becomes dependent on having a certain amount of money every year from selling the property of “criminals,” doesn’t it behoove you to find a lot of “criminals” with valuable property you can sell?