Judging from the Seattle City Council’s decision earlier this week to destroy old police firearms to “keep them out of the wrong hands,” those “wrong hands” they refer to must belong to law-abiding citizens who pass an FBI background check.
The ignorance of the council’s action is easy to see: In the past, the city has sold old police firearms to licensed dealers. Anybody who bought one of these guns from a dealer would go through a background check before the purchase was approved. Additionally, Mayor Ed Murray, who pushed the plan, couldn’t cite a specific example when a retired Seattle police gun got into the “wrong hands,” according to a story in the Washington Times. Seattle Police Sgt. Sean Whitcomb also couldn’t recall a single instance of a retired Seattle police gun being used in a crime.
This bogus, feel-good move by the council is not only a slap in the face to citizens looking for a good deal on guns, but also to taxpayers, who will lose $30,000 a year over the decision.