Police agencies around the country hold auctions all the time to raise money by selling property confiscated from criminals. It makes sense. Why should we let good stuff go to waste? And on the whole, we don’t have a problem with it — until it comes to guns.
For whatever reason, some people take issue with selling confiscated firearms to law-abiding gun dealers. Case in point: Atlanta, Georgia. Officials there are breaking state law by refusing to auction off their cache of recovered guns because they believe the results would be “catastrophic.”
“We have an obligation to re-sell that, re-bid that, and get that to gun purchasers so they can re-sell those [Firearms],” Atlanta Police Chief George Turner told CBS46.
Yet, despite that a state law passed in 2012 requires police to hold gun auctions every six months, “The city of Atlanta has not done that,” added Turner, because the results would be “catastrophic.”
So, to reiterate, Atlanta officials are knowingly violating state law because they believe that selling off their stockpile of confiscated firearms to responsible and scrupulous gun dealers would somehow come back to haunt them, which obviously doesn’t make any sense because those federal firearms licensees have a legal obligation to perform background checks on any potential buyer. Plus, the FFLs already have stores filled with guns for sale! What’s the big deal if they add some more product to their inventory?
Yet, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is deeply conflicted about the guns.
“It’s very difficult for me to lead on this, because even in the state of Georgia, when we take illegal guns off the street, under Georgia state law right now, we actually have to return them or make them available to the public in some form,” Reed told CBS 46.
Hmmm. Way I see it is that both Reed and Turner are free to break the law. They can even call it “civil disobedience,” if they’d like. But if there are going to do the crime, they better also be prepared to do the time!
Seriously! State officials should prosecute Reed and Turner for breaking the law. The fact that they haven’t yet been charged for their crime is an insult to not only those of us who obey the law but those who are charged with enforcing it as well.
Why are they getting special treatment? Nevermind, no need to answer that question. It’s obvious. They’re high-level government employees, which means they don’t live by the same rules we do.