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City Sells Spent Shell Casings to Georgia Ammunition Company

Despite the mayor's call for stricter gun control, the city profits by selling spent police shell casings to an ammunition dealer.

Though Mayor Michael Bloomberg made a call for tightened gun control in the wake of the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting, New York City is still profiting from the sale of spent police shell casings to a Georgia ammunition store, says the New York Times.

In June, New York City sold more than 28,000 pounds to Georgia Arms, a company who purchases used shell casings, reloads them with bullets and sells them to the public without background checks, says the article.

The shell casings come from the NYPD's firearms and tactics section in Rodman’s Neck in the Bronx, where officers shoot on a firing range. The Department of Citywide Administrative Services handles the re-sale of these casings.

Bloomberg’s national coalition, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, ranked Georgia number ten for crime-gun exports in 2009. Additionally, the city sued eight gun dealers in Georgia who had sold guns used in crimes around the city.

“He believes, as do all members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, that our purpose is to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, not keep guns or ammunition away from law-abiding citizens,” John Feinblatt, the mayor’s chief policy adviser and head of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, told the paper. “There’s a big distinction between legal dealers and illegal dealers and criminals and law-abiding citizens.

Previously, the city sold its used shell casings to scrap metal companies.

Robert August 01, 2012 at 10:40 PM
I dont know the specifics of this particular sale but in general the city is obligated by the city charter and other laws to offer usable waste items for sale via sealed bid. This is a recyclable and the city must get as much money as they can and are not really allowed to play politics with the process. They cannot exclude out of state buyers. Recycling casings is nothing new and with the amount of ammo the city ranges consume it would be ridiculous to think we can afford to just throw them away. Would the author of this article prefer that an ammunitions manufacturer open a factory in NYC so we can regulate how they are resold??
Mickey Walker August 07, 2012 at 09:51 PM
It's just crazy! Why do the law abiding gun owners have to be penalized because of the nutjobs who are allowed to exist because of medical privacy laws and liberals? I can buy guns and ammo for cash, anytime I want, with no documentation. I like it that way! These kneejerk politicians and bleeding heart libs need to clamp down on the people, not the hardware! Stop protecting the mentally ill, start enforcing the hundreds of guns and ammo laws already on the books!!!!
Mickey Walker August 08, 2012 at 05:19 PM
No Moochell, I am not in!
Dudley Escobar August 08, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I'm honestly confused what the issue is in this case. NYPD shouldn't sell its used casings to a Georgia company because Georgia has a lot of gun-related crime? If the NYPD ceases to do so, is that going to have any effect whatsoever on Georgia's gun laws or the state's propensity for violence? I really don't see what could be the basis for objections to this practice by the NYPD.
Mickey Walker August 08, 2012 at 07:42 PM
I'm not confused at all. It is just more liberal, anti-gun bias. A bunch of nonsensical issues to turn people t against gun owners. The company in Georgia most likely sells their ammo to many distributors across the US and I doubt it contributes anything to crime in Georgia. Smart people load their own, it saves a lot of money, even in today's market with high component costs.

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