Currituck County to sell seized guns to buy ammo

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Associated Press

Posted on February 7, 2013 at 8:40 AM

CURRITUCK, N.C. (AP) -- The Currituck County Sheriff's Office plans to trade-in two dozen weapons seized in crimes to buy ammunition.

 

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports the guns range from shotguns to two semi-automatic rifles.

Deputy Mark Chappell says weapons are sold only after they have been used as evidence and the cases are over.

Chappell says the department usually sends the weapons to a federally licensed gun dealer for credits to get ammunition.

District Attorney Frank Parrish says guns from high-profile crimes usually are not sold. Parrish says a rare .357 derringer used in a murder years ago was given to the State Bureau of Investigation.

Not every agency sells the guns. The Elizabeth City Police Department chops up most of the guns seized when they are no longer needed as evidence.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

AP-WF-02-07-13 1202GMT

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