Colorado Springs may sell rather than destroy seized guns
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – Colorado Springs is grappling with budget shortfalls and is considering selling firearms seized by police to make some money.
Vice Mayor Larry Small proposed selling the weapons in February when the city was struggling with a nearly $17 million deficit. The city hasn’t destroyed any confiscated weapons since then.
The police department has recommended not putting the guns back on the street. But police Sgt. Schwall says the city is reviewing the legalities and the most cost effective way to auction the firearms.
Small says firearms auctioned by police would have to be sold to registered dealers.
El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa says he started auctioning weapons that were turned over or unclaimed a couple years ago.
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