Sunday, December 10, 2023


 12/10/23 New York Times:

When Flint, Mich., announced in September that 68 assault weapons collected in a gun buyback would be incinerated, the city cited its policy of never reselling firearms.

“Gun violence continues to cause enormous grief and trauma,” said Mayor Sheldon Neeley. “I will not allow our city government to profit from our community’s pain by reselling weapons that can be turned against Flint residents.”

But Flint’s guns were not going to be melted down. Instead, they made their way to a private company that has collected millions of dollars taking firearms from police agencies, destroying a single piece of each weapon stamped with the serial number and selling the rest as nearly complete gun kits. Buyers online can easily replace what’s missing and reconstitute the weapon.

Hundreds of towns and cities have turned to a growing industry that offers to destroy guns used in crimes, surrendered in buybacks or replaced by police force upgrades. But these communities are in fact fueling a secondary arms market, where weapons slated for destruction are recycled into civilian hands, often with no background check required, according to interviews and a review of gun disposal contracts, patent records and online listings for firearms parts.

Be glad our enemies are not too sharp. 


  1. So that one part with the serial number would be the Frame or Receiver, right.... Not exactly the most easily replaceable part without background checks etc....

  2. Reminds me of reports about institutions that require citizens, or students, to carefully segregate trash from garbage, paper from plastic, tin cans from aluminum...; bag it all into clear -- easily inspected and sometimes rejected -- plastic disposal bags; let the city collect it all using separate trucks; which haul all the different bags to the same landfill.