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Wilmington Police destroy weapons in effort to make streets safer

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Wilmington Police took a big step in making city streets a little safer Wednesday. The department destroyed more than 150 weapons. The weapons were either confiscated, could not be returned to their owners, or were surrendered to be destroyed. Still, officers say they are still fighting an up hill battle. "The problem isn't with law abiding citizens, the problem is there is almost a black market if you will of guns on the street,” said Sgt. Thomas Tilman. “Most of these firearms were not purchased by legal means; they were purchased via the black market. A lot of these firearms are substandard firearms." Officers also destroyed evidence from drug cases. Plus, the police department gave $50,000 from criminal cases to New Hanover County schools.

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i'll keep my guns, money, and ammo...thankyou! you can keep the "CHANGE."

SAD but true

Of those 150 weapons that we destroyed there were several that were stolen from my family home. Not a one of them were 'assault weapons' but were artifacts from the the late 1800's. Two were even documented as insured inventory of an estate and linked to the linked to the American Revolution as firearms used in the fight against the British in the fight for freedom by Layfette. That 'priceless' commercial keeps flashing in my mind. The meaning of 'insured' stops when the item is used to perpetrate a crime, such as the possession of a firearm by a felon. He didn't even know what he had, just something cool out of an old war movie clip. I lost, history lost, and the police department got a little credit in the news. Since when has a flint lock been used in a drive by shooting in this city? Destroyed because I could not produce a serial number for two guns that were made before people started thinking that the/some numbers might be important one day. Put that up on your mantle and smoke it, mine got stolen and NOT returned for crack. Glad that new fancy helicopter has more gas because some dumb police officer destroyed a gun that he didn't know the value he was looking at. Tsk, Tsk...

hummmmmmm

Hummmmmmmmmmmm ??

Riiiiiiiiiiiiight.....

Riiiiiiiiiiiiight.....

Going "Postal"??

I think that it's ironic that the photograph shows guns in US Postal Service bins. LOL. It makes me think of the old phrase, "going postal!"

Thanks a lot, guys....

...but I have yet to be attacked by an inanimate piece of steel, aluminum, or plastic. If the state wants to do something worthwhile, round up the felons and general, all-round worthless pieces of garbage who stole these guns or were using them to commit crimes, and destroy THEM.

I DONT UNDERSTAND HOW THIS

I DONT UNDERSTAND HOW THIS MAKES THE STREETS ANY SAFER

It doesn't...

This will actually create a new need now. The same criminals are still out there and now they will need a new gun so this is a good thing for the suppliers.... Until you deal with the thugs it just doesn't matter that much. I'd be willing to bet that the person that lost a weapon has most likely already replaced it. It's a "feel good" piece but it ends there.....

My opinion...

guns that aren't safe, surrendered for destruction or modified...DESTROY...those that aren't any of the above..should be sold to the public.

DONT YOU SEE.

THE STATE AND THE GOV. ARE GOING TO TAKE AWAY YOUR RIGHT TO EVEN HAVE A GUN. ITS JUST THE MATTER OF TIME. ITS DUE TO OVER POPULATION. WE ARE GOING TO BE THINNED OUT SOON. ITS JUST A MATTER OF TIME. THEY DONT WANT US TO BE ABLE TO PROTECT OUR SELVES AGAINST THEM.

Not until the second Obama term

The Democrats are not touching gun control until Obama is re-elected. They know it's a hot-button issue, sure to arouse massive political upheaval. Of course, changing events might make them accelerate that plan. They are trying to figure out how to get around the Heller decision, and what to do about Southern Democrats who simply will not support any grand registration/eventual confiscation schemes. Therefore they are placing a LOT of hope on the UN resurrecting the Small Arms Proliferation Treaty, which Obama and a Democratic super-majority in the Senate could ram down our throats and throw the whole "right to bear arms" debate into chaos. (Our forefathers, never envisioning something akin to the UN, gave a treaty equal standing with our Constitution, according TO that Constitution!) The most important task before us is to make sure that as of January 2011, Obama no longer has a Democratic super-majority in the Senate.

Easy there....

Wanna borrow my tin foil hat? I think if you read the bottle again it says to take TWICE daily!

Another person who drank the

Another person who drank the kool aid the NRA is selling.

Wake Up

He's right. Just ask Nancy Pelosi what she thinks of guns. It's happened in many other countries. If you have your nose to the ground, you would discover there is a big push for a global community. This starts with the merging of the world economy, something I have been watching for the last 15 years (in horror) and something that is unfolding before our very eyes today. Globalists cannot push forward with the G20 agenda with an armed public. Please try to educate yourself without political bias.

NRA kool aid..

The NRA doesn't sell kool aid. If they did it would be bubble gun flavored, uh I mean bubble gum flavored. Seriously, I've read the NRA magazines & they've never even delved into "population control" or other bizarre beliefs. That had to be a trolling post.

guest 7969 sounds logical

I have to agree with guest 7969. These items/weapons could be auctioned to the non problematic, responsible law abiding gun owners (the ones that have gun safes)& the profit could go directly to new crime fighting technology (i.e. individual officer night vision, more training, more k-9's etc.). There is no need to destroy a useful weapon/item, its totally irrational.

And I'm sure....

The money brought in from the sale of such weapons could be put to good use. Goes back to guns don't kill people. People kill people....

Same basic requirements

As long as the weapon still has a valid serial number and the purchaser can either provide a pistol purchase permit or has a valid concealed carry permit they should be sold. I bet there were some really worthless weapons in that pile but maybe a few diamonds amongst the junk.

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Easy people there just guns.There's no need to cry.I know it hurts when one is harmed.But they will make more.

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Yes, they will continue to make them (until the dimocrats outlaw guns) I'm looking at it as a way for the police to get needed funds and a way for law abiding citizens to get a deal on a weapon.

LOL

Leftist loon..I was thinking along the lines of wasted revenue...I just go out and buy a new one...