A rare but refreshing Iowa newspaper op-ed defends the practice of that state’s Department of Natural Resources auctioning to the public guns seized in crime investigations.
From The Gazette:
We see no harm in the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ auctioning off seized long guns, including crime guns no longer needed as evidence, to law-abiding users for legitimate use.
Under current practice, Iowa law enforcement agencies must relinquish to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation any seized guns no longer needed as evidence.
The DCI reserves a few for a reference collection; the remaining handguns are destroyed or added to law enforcement arsenals.
The long guns are given to the DNR to sell, along with other hunting tools such as bows and traps, at an annual fundraiser.
Some Iowans worry that practice could increase the availability of weapons to domestic abusers and other criminals.