Atlanta Officials Break State Law, Refuse to Sell Confiscated Firearms Back to Public

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.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • LARRY TOOMEY March 25, 2017, 3:52 pm

    when they out law STICKS AND STONES it will be bad cause TEETH AND FIST will be next.

  • DEWY September 27, 2016, 5:37 am

    Could it be they wanna keep the guns for themselves? Seem that these good old boys club, have an inside on all the good stuff. But hey I could become a cop for all the perks also!

  • krinkov November 15, 2015, 10:01 am

    We have to obey the law. But special snowflakes like mayor Reed don’t.

  • jimonthebeach November 13, 2015, 5:02 pm

    Atlanta has a long history of being anti-gun. The Atlanta police chief and Democrat mayor don’t want anyone but cops owning firearms and they would confiscate them from otherwise law-abiding citizens if they could get away with it. Now the question is, will the Georgia governor and attorney general compel Atlanta to obey state law and auction off those guns?

    • DEWY September 27, 2016, 5:41 am

      No, but all the boys on the force will be getting the ones that are high dollar guns for near nothing, America the nation of insiders. If you’re a citizen these days you’re near nothing to these sorry people.

  • Tejanojack November 13, 2015, 2:55 pm

    LMAO! Y’all know what’s happening here. Those guns, or at least the best guns are going home with the cops or being sold under the table to “special” customers. One of these days, all of this “selective law enforcement” is going to blow up in the Left’s face.

  • Grey Beard November 13, 2015, 1:36 pm

    OK, issue the arrest warrant(s) and proceed with felony theft prosecution of all of them involved. Oh, and Immediately remove all bodyguards!

  • Kalashnikov Dude November 13, 2015, 12:18 pm

    Break the law, go to jail. Isn’t that what we’ve been doing here? What’s the hold up?

  • Sepp W November 13, 2015, 11:43 am

    A chapter right of Orwell’s Animal Farm. The one maxim this reeks of; “All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.”
    The country is turning into a dystopia and the sad thing is, most don’t even realize it. When it’s done, it’ll be too late.

  • Bill November 13, 2015, 11:18 am

    The City of Atlanta is clearly breaking state law and should be held to task by the Georgia Attorney General. You can’t ignore state law because you don’t agree with it!

  • Mark Hallman November 13, 2015, 10:53 am

    It is no secret how corrupt the city of Atlanta is, as seen from past events. They hold the “distinction” as a city run by blacks for blacks. So they are immune to laws other cities would be held accountable for. They essentially do as they please or they display the race card. I am from Georgia and try to avoid that hell hole at all expense.

  • JustYouAndMeTalking November 13, 2015, 9:58 am

    Based on Reed’s statement that is not true. He is not looking for a way to comply, rather they are looking for a way not to comply!

  • Striker43 November 13, 2015, 9:46 am

    After performing some research on this, the situation is not as nefarious as it may seem at first glance. APD no longer sells any of its property anymore. They have contracted that task out to, which sells all of their confiscated (and cleared) property for them. Here’s where the snag comes in; is not allowed to sell firearms. So the APD no longer has a system to sell anything to the public and now they don’t know how to comply with the new ordinance and they are trying to figure it out.

    • Georgian November 13, 2015, 9:57 am

      How convenient…

    • Vu November 13, 2015, 10:36 am

      Sound like an excuse to me. If is not allow to sell guns than have some gun dealers that is license to sale them. KISS is my moto. KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID.

    • Jim Poteet November 13, 2015, 1:55 pm

      Seems to me that the answer is simple. is breaking the contract by being unable to fulfill it therefore it becomes null and void IMO. ( No lawyer admitted ) Now the city can do their duty. The chief, city council, and prosecuter are all breaking the law just as would be if they sold the guns. It appears to me that they prefer it that way. They all must be plain stupid if they can’t remedy the situation quickly. When gov’ts. break the law tyranny walks in the door.

  • Toby November 13, 2015, 9:44 am

    Shouldn’t Turner and Reed be charged with illegal posession of firearms? One count for each gun not sold? That’s what they’d do to us if we kept guns illegally! Conspiracy to steal state property?

  • Jack November 13, 2015, 9:18 am

    Many years ago I had several rifles, shotguns and handguns stolen from my house. A few weeks later a Deputy Sheriff phoned me and stated that they had recovered my firearms. When I investigated further, no one at the same sheriff’s department knew anything about my guns. I never heard from any sheriffs department or saw my firearms again.

    • vb November 14, 2015, 5:35 am

      What did the Deputy Sheriff who called you have to say.??!
      Did he deny making the call about your recovered firearms.??!

      • 2B or not 2B 2A April 22, 2017, 3:51 am

        There are bad apples in every bunch, no exception to DPS. It’s a long story but to cut to the chase I was arrested over a bogus auto insurance charge back in 1997. The insurance card was typewritten (does anyone recall the typewriter?) and the insurance agent messed up on my insured dates. Instead of typing a new card he/she banged the right number over the wrong number of the policy dates. So I was handcuffed and charged with “tampering with a government document”, a FELONY no less. The ironic part, or one of many ironies, is the date would have made my policy laps sooner rather then later. SO why would I “alter” my card so my insurance coverage ended sooner, right!! Spent the night in jail, shared a cell with a murderer (he said he didn’t do it, of coarse), and a drug dealer’s 3rd time being busted. Court appointed lawyer showed the judge my ins card, case was thrown out and I eventually was released. Now to the point of all this. The Sheriff who arrested me “lost” my wallet. I had over $400 cash in it, it was payday Friday so my weeks pay was all I had. I called the Sheriffs office many times only to be told the Sheriff “was not in”. So I had to get a new DL, SS card, CC cards, etc. To this day it is still a mystery, to the cops, where my wallet went. I dared not take it to court, who do you think would have won that battle and then I would have all his buddy’s harrasing me no doubt and those words came from my lawyer. SO the morale is they do as they please, when they please and how they please. The bad apples you see.

  • Bobby Haney November 13, 2015, 4:48 am

    I wonder how many guns go home with someone,I’ve never met any one in law enforcement that wasn’t a ammosexual gun nut like so many of us are.I had a gun stolen a few years ago I wonder if that serial number ever turned up.if it did no body told me about it.

  • SuperG November 12, 2015, 10:43 am

    When you have ignorant leaders in charge, and they suffer no penalty for breaking the law, they will continue to do it.

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