A new law going into effect this week in North Carolina prohibits police destroying unclaimed guns and firearms acquired through gun buyback programs.
The law requires that police agencies donate, keep, or sell confiscated guns to licensed gun dealers. Guns may be destroyed only if they are damaged or missing serial numbers, according to the report.
In the past, North Carolina law enforcement agencies needed a judge’s permission to sell or destroy guns. The move to strip judges and local police’s options in dealing with unclaimed guns was backed by the National Rifle Association.