Make me a reservation at the auction — the gun auction that is.
The Colorado Springs Police Department is considering selling confiscated firearms to licensed gun dealers. Not the weapons that were used to commit a crime, those are kept as evidence for years or even decades, but the guns that are confiscated in a meth lab raid or other crimes where the gun wasn’t actually used.
The gun sale program makes sense to me. The good guys get armed with the bad guys’ former guns. The law abiding residents of the city are then better protected if any thugs come calling.
While at first blush, the sale of guns by law enforcement seems paradoxical, there might be money to be made for the cash-strapped city. City Council voted in February to have the cops put a plan together to sell the guns. The plan will be reviewed this month.
The program could bring in $10,000 in badly needed revenue to the city. The El Paso County sheriff’s department has been auctioning guns for a few years. In 2006, they sold 132 long guns and made about $9,800. In 2008, the sheriff’s department sold 315 handguns and brought in just under $18,000, according to Lt. Lari L. Sevene, public information officer.
Don Dobyns, a retired police officer and firearms instructor said, “the city could make more than that. It really depends on how many guns the city has and what quality they are.”
I have been considering getting a concealed carry permit for a while, and I enjoy the occasional recreational target shooting.
I am thinking of a nice, slim 45-caliber 1911 single stack with a holster and two magazines holding seven rounds each — a weapon that would fit well under my suit without showing any bulges. I already have plenty of those.
The Colorado Springs Police Department selling guns could be controversial. While I am sure there are people out there who think even one gun is too many, the guns would be sold to only people with a Federal Firearm License. Background checks are conducted.
The bad guys get guns from other bad guys, not the police department. I am not worried that guns sold by the CSPD would get in the wrong hands.
With the draconian revenue shortfall the city is facing and quite possibly major reductions in the police department, there should be many people considering taking advantage of the Second Amendment and arming themselves.
Lon Matejczyk is publisher of the Colorado Spring Business Journal. He can be reached at Lon.Matejczyk@csbj.com or 329-5202.