Monday, January 22, 2007

Update on a Previous Story

Back on 18 December 06, we posted about the gun turn-in efforts hosted by the city and various churches.

On 19 December 06, we followed up with a reader with some decent inside info on how the guns were to be processed using recruits and how E&RPS wasn't up to handling a bulk turn in of almost 3,000 weapons.

We recently received yet another update that the guns being sent to Forensics and E&RPS are running into slight delays due to the fact that the recruits that were trained to do inventories are graduating and the recruits that have yet to be trained to do inventories don't have star numbers (and possibly computer access) that'd let them actually do the job. So these guns are going to be sitting around for a bit yet. We still wonder (as we did in December) what types of chain-of-custody issues might be raised should the delay in processing a turn in might have on a potential criminal prosecution. Chances slim? Yup. But any lawyer worth their salt would be looking at all the angles - we should, too.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the police should turn in their non-duty related firearms to show the public that firearms are not needed. Man, they give you cash-money gift cards for your guns!

1/22/2007 09:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just for info there are no chain of custody issues. These weapons will not be used for any type of prosecution. Once they are inventoried they will be marked for destruction.

1/22/2007 02:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know this is a little off topic but some firearms of a rather rare or collectable nature are worth thousands of dollars,I'm not talking about the usual junk we encounter,but if you turn in an original Colt peacemaker for example for a $50.00 certificate you should expect a little more from the city shouldn't you? I would hope that valuable firearms at least go to a museum.

1/22/2007 03:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

once again non-police persons doing police related work. The more civilians you hire the weaker the union becomes. The near future will have civilians taking reports at the desk.
Please do not think that a person with some training cannot generate a battery or car crash report. The department would just leave a desk SGT. to guide them.

1/22/2007 04:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow now thats an idea! I could turn in my Kimber .45 for a gift card? NOT

The first gun turn-in was an eye-opener to me. The old man who walked in with a Luger that was in pristine condition it should have been in a museum. Talked to him for a few he was a cook in WWII and traded some guy for it. Cost? 12 eggs-scrambled and a Steak and hot coffee. The battle of the bulge in the Arden Forest.

One of the upsides of this job some of the people you meet, but on the other hand one of the downsides of this job is also the people you meet.

1/22/2007 04:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you gave the Luger a good home,wink wink.

1/22/2007 05:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great. No year wonders coming out.."oh, yeah, I've done tons of guns"

1/23/2007 12:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would hope that valuable firearms at least go to a museum.

1/22/2007 03:23:16 PM

Not in this city. Not with this department. Not with this mayor. He's just a gun-grabbing jagoff and doesn't give a fuck about the protection of the citizens of this city. Never mind what the Constitution says, either, damn it!

1/23/2007 01:32:00 AM  

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