Maryland cops won’t sell their used guns
Why would anyone who sells an item think they are morally responsible for something someone else does with it?
- Maryland’s Baltimore County police department will not sell back used handguns to manufacture or dealers.
- Because they won’t sell the guns back, taxpayers will have to fork out an extra $700,000 for the new guns.
One way police departments keep costs down is to “trade in” used guns to manufactures in return for new guns. This is very common for departments all across the country, and in some cases, departments end up paying very little or nothing for the new guns.
Some gun-control activists in law-enforcement positions in and around Baltimore, question the ethics of trading in handguns that may – God forbid – get into the hands of the public.
In 2011, Baltimore police similarly said they would not sell a stockpile of 9 mm handguns back to Glock, citing moral concerns. The move cost the city more than $500,000 in rebates.
“If we put guns back on the street and they’re used in a crime, do we bear some responsibility for putting them back into circulation?” retired Baltimore Deputy Police Commissioner Bert F. Shirey said at the time.
So now the issue has come up again, and since it was a possibility one of the guns sold by a Maryland department was used in a 2008 double homicide in Oklahoma, the department is having a big moral dilemma.
The logic here is totally flawed. Does the Baltimore County police avoid selling their used vehicles because someone could buy it, drive drunk and kill someone? Should the manufacture of a baseball bat feel they are morally responsible for someone that beats the crap out of – or kills – someone with a bat?
Police say a wealthy Connecticut man who viciously beat his wife with a baseball bat told them he “just lost it.”
Michael DeMaio, 55, was charged with attempted murder after he attacked his wife, Dianne DeMaio, following an argument Tuesday evening, CBS reported.
According to the Connecticut Post, the woman told him she was leaving him before the attack.
The police have not let us know if an “assault” bat was used. We don’t yet know the make or model of the bat, or even if it was wood or aluminum.
Can we please introduce some common sense here? If Baltimore County went forward and sold their guns to a dealer or traded them back to the manufacture, when EVERY one of those guns would be eventually sold through a dealer with an Federal Firearms License (FFL), and EVERY buyer would have to go through a background check.
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