Confiscation for Cash

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You know the police everywhere are working to get guns off the street to “keep us all safe,” right? We don’t dare say that they steal property to turn around and sell it for cash that underwrites the growth of their police power. In November of 2009, the Detroit News worked up a pretty good story on how the local police departments use property seizures to fund their existence. This is from a story that appeared on AP yesterday:

Two guns used in high-profile shootings this year at the Pentagon and a Las Vegas courthouse both came from the same unlikely place: the police and court system of Memphis. Law enforcement officials told the Associated Press that both guns were once seized in criminal cases in Memphis.

The guns were seized and sold to bring in cash. Meanwhile, the ATF has been busy getting toy guns — Airsoft guns — off the street. The ATF seized a shipment of these toys because it made the claim that they could be retrofitted into firearms, which is laughable and absurd. As one fella in this follow-up article states (a merchandise receiver at Andy & Bax Surplus, a Portland Airsoft dealer), “It would be as easy to transform an Airsoft as it would be to transform your Cuisinart or any other electrical appliance into a real gun.” Watch out if you have a Cuisinart! Especially if it doesn’t have an orange tip on the blade. Thanks to Mark Fee for the FYI.

5:13 am on March 15, 2010