Local police departments explain gun disposal process

Ever wonder what happens to firearms that are seized or turned into police? Local police departments describe how they dispose of guns they receive.

Posted: Mar 1, 2018 6:05 PM
Updated: Mar 1, 2018 6:34 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – One of the main priorities at the Springfield Police Department is to make sure guns are off the streets and don't fall in the wrong hands.

KEZI spoke with Lt. Scott McKee with the Springfield Police Department. He said they have a variety of weapons that are seized or forfeited to the department.

McKee said when they receive guns, whether it's through an investigation or given by someone who does not want them, the department goes through the protocol with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms which reviews the weapon's history. He said after that they deciding whether or not the weapon is still used as evidence in a case. If it is not, they properly dispose of it.

"We have a documented process by which we obliterate any serial number identifying any information on the firearms,” McKee said. "We cut them up and melt them and recycle the metal, so they can't be used as a firearm ever again."

KEZI reached out to the Eugene Police Department said, similar to Springfield, all weapons ordered for forfeiture will be destroyed.

McKee wants to remind people to make sure firearms are safely secured and out of the reach of children. He also wants to remind people to reach out to police if they have any questions.

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