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Gary8907

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The members of the forum might want to ponder whether they want to support Benchmade with their next knife purchase.

https://www.shootingsportsretailer.com/2019/02/21/benchmade-knife-company-under-fire-after-helping-portland-police-destroy-guns/
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The problem is not who did the actual destruction of them but the laws of that state or city that required it.   They would not demolish new cars or boats that are confiscated and should not demolish guns.   These, if in safe condition should be sold at auction and that money go to the city budget to help relieve the tax burden on the citizens.

I do not blame the company that did the demolition I blame the people of that state for electing officials that pass such laws.  In a democracy you get the government you deserve. 


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Here in NC we can get court orders to have seized, recovered firearms turned over for "Law Enforcement Use", we typically have an LEO supply company that takes them in after a price is agreed upon and that money is used to buy or replace equipment, uniforms etc. They in turn sell them through their shop as "Police Trade ins". 

Weapons that are in horrible condition and do not work properly or don't work at all and we are not able to "sell" are destroyed per court order. IMO a local agency approached Benchmade and asked for assistance in destroying firearms that have been ordered destroyed by the courts. Not sure if the agency was allowed to do what I described above as some states still have laws prohibiting Law Enforcement from converting the firearms to money for their use. 

Was this the first time Benchmade was asked to do this? probably not, it was probably the first time it was put on social media. 

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Great points Deputy584.  Same in Florida.   Metro Dade was not allowed to sell confiscated weapons so those were destroyed.   It is not the Agencies as they love the money they get from seizure's especially from those expensive cars and boats.   Florida Highway Patrol has a Datsun 260 Dressed out in their colors.  If they can use something they do, but if not it is auctioned off. Once the court order it destroyed then no one is responsible but the courts.
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Don't care why they did it, any company engaged in anti-2nd Admenment activities should be discouraged from doing so. If they were doing house to house confiscation, and Benchmade only supplied the trucks, or searchers..., would we give them a bye?

As an Officer could I expect people not to blame me if I took part in destruction or seizure, just because the courts ordered it?

Besides, the more difficult and expensive destruction is, the less likely government is to do it.
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