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Sen. Tomes’ Bill to Change Firearm Disposal Procedures Passes Senate

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 28, 2014) — State Sen. Jim Tomes’ (R-Wadesville) bill  eliminating policies in which firearms seized by law enforcement are destroyed passed the Senate today by a 28-21 vote.

Senate Bill 229 would direct local law enforcement agencies to auction off seized firearms to people lawfully allowed to own them with the proceeds going directly back to the agencies. It would also discontinue the practice of firearm buyback programs, where firearms are purchased by the agency and then sold for scrap or destroyed. Tomes said most of this bill follows current law.

“This is a win-win for responsible gun owners and law enforcement,” Tomes said. “It doesn’t make sense for law enforcement agencies to pay to destroy firearms and forego potential revenue.”

SB 229 now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration. Its House sponsor is Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville).