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New state law forces police to sell confiscated guns

Special to SEGAZINE

The Columbus Police Department is selling guns.

Under a Georgia law enacted last year, cities can no longer destroy confiscated firearms. With the exception of illegal guns, such as sawed-off shotguns, fully automatic firearms and those with serial numbers filed off, all confiscated guns must be put up for bids, said Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren.

The Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police formally opposed the law while it was in the Legislature, he said.

“Local departments protested the fact that we’re putting guns back on the streets,” Boren said. “But it was passed by the General Assembly and it’s state law now, so we have to enforce it and abide by it.”

Columbus Ledger Enquirer.

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