We recently reported that the Seattle City Council was considering a bill that would restrict sales of ex-police guns to other police agencies. If there were no takers (as is likely), the SPD would have to destroy the guns. The ordinance passed. Unanimously. Before that blessed event, we pointed out that this policy was a waste of taxpayer money; some $30k per year. Not to mention some perfectly good guns. The Seattle Police Department agrees — but not for the same reasons. kiro7.com:
The Seattle Police Officers Guild has pointed out a major hitch in the city’s plan to melt down officers’ old guns in the fight against gun violence.
The union’s president, Ron Smith, said the move, which is expected to cost the city $30,000 a year in trade-in money, would break the city’s deal with the union.
“It looks like a waste of city money and it looks like an ill-advised move that was done without regard for our collective bargaining agreement,” he said.
Smith said retiring officers are, according to the agreement, supposed to be able to buy their service weapons.
And why, pray tell, would Seattle Police officers want to buy their “old” guns? Sentimentality? Or maybe because they buy them at a significant discount — then turn around and sell the guns to dealers or private buyers and pocket the profits?
Which puts guns on the street! The “problem” that led to the Seattle sell-’em-to-cops-or-melt-’em-down ordinance in the first place. Despite the Council’s pursuit of political correctness at the taxpayer’s expense, what’s the bet the cops get a carve-out?