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Waite Park approves police confiscated gun sales

Waite Park approves police confiscated gun sales Click to Enlarge Photo: Coston, Photos.com

Oct 4, 2011 at 8:22 am

WAITE PARK, Minn. (KNSI) - Waite Park police will sell confiscated shotguns and rifles under a resolution passed by the Waite Park City Council Monday.

In a 4-1 vote, council members decided legal weapons impounded by Waite Park officers will be sold to a federally licensed dealer rather than destroyed.

The question was raised after Waite Park Police Chief Dave Bentrud asked for city direction in handling the nine weapons confiscated during his three-year tenure as chief.

State law leaves the handling of such weapons up to an individual cities' discretion. Council member Frank Theisen was the lone dissenting vote against the proposal.

Theisen advocated destroying all confiscated weapons, citing instances where police-impounded guns later left law enforcement custody and were used in future crimes.

Under the terms of the plan, only legally registered shotguns and rifles will be resold. Handguns will not be including as well as illegally-modified weapons, including sawed-off shotguns or weapons with defaced serial numbers.

Sales will be completed the city's current firearms suppliers, including KEEPRS of Sauk Rapids, Streicher's of Minneapolis; and DPMS Firearms of St. Cloud.

Proceeds from the gun sales will be forwarded to Waite Park's general fund for use in upgrade police firearms and protective gear.

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