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Pentagon Gun Was From Memphis Police

Pentagon Gun Was From Memphis Police

From left to right, Pentagon Police Officers Marvin Carraway, Colin Richards, and Jeffrey Amos, stand together outside the Pentagon in Washington, on Monday, March 8, 2010. The officers returned fire at suspected Pentagon metro shooter John Patrick Bedel

Associated Press

March 14, 2010

WASHINGTON — Two guns used in shootings this year at the Pentagon and a Las Vegas courthouse both came from the same unlikely place: the police and court system of Memphis, Tenn.

Law enforcement officials from multiple agencies tell The Associated Press the guns were once seized as evidence in criminal investigations in Memphis and made their way separately to the shooters.

The handgun in the Pentagon attack on March 4 was sold by the Memphis police department in December 2008. The shotgun used in the Jan. 4 courthouse shooting was sold years ago and the proceeds given to the Memphis-area sheriff’s office.

The law enforcement officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they’re not allowed to discuss details of the investigations.


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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    FYI......There is a law in the State of TN that prevents Police Depts from destroying firearms that are NOT BROKEN or deemed DANGEROUS. So, in following with the law, seized weapons are sold to people who possess a FEDERAL FIREARMS PERMIT to buy them. Then the guns can be legally sold to a qualified buyer. So before anyone goes blaming Memphis PD, please, get your facts straight. The department also used a large amount of seized weapons on a 'trade in' with SIG SAUER to purchase new weapons for officers, which prevented the City from having to come out of pocket.

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    MidnightMike

    over 4 years ago

    470 Comments

    But was the weapon sold directly to the suspect ? Nobody has sad if that was the case, at least that I have seen. Unfortunately, he would have no problem getting a weapon elsewhere if not from that source. There are too many guns out there and the militia is NOT "well regulated" as per the Second Amendment.
    Fortunately, the officers involved handled the situation and were not seriously hurt--THIS TIME. Good job--only serious injury was to the suspect, no innocent people hurt, and the officers went HOME.

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    erikshirley

    over 4 years ago

    260 Comments

    Great the media and the liberals on the hill will have a field day with this

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    bd21

    over 4 years ago

    130 Comments

    A legally sold gun used in a crime? Who would have thunk it! This will give more ammo to the bleeding heart liberals for their gun control agenda, even though they were probably stolen again by some dirt bag burglar. Our agency sells confiscated weapons and will probably continue to do so because we are realistic in knowing that thieves/bad guys will get guns if they want them. If not, a rock, club or pitch fork will do, if the intent is to kill some one. MORE GUN CONTROL LAWS WILL NOT STOP MURDER. FEWER plea deals might.

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    SgtJoe1350

    over 4 years ago

    24484 Comments

    don't like the sound of it !!

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    CBPD607

    over 4 years ago

    264 Comments

    Guns sold legally........this will be all over the liberal media.

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    bluebrother

    over 4 years ago

    774 Comments

    Guns sold legally. Where they wind up is another story. We all know the final destinations of weapons are and never will be completely secure. Like alcohol bought for minors, the grown up did it legally, but illegal consumers consume it, same with weapons, sold legally, illegal boneheads get access.

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    rhood

    over 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    I have no problem with a legal sale of a siezed firearm. It is a waste to cut up a quality firearm.

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    rstuard

    over 4 years ago

    26 Comments

    This is just normal Memphis type of mayhem. I live 15 minutes from memphis and I wont go up there unless I have to and armed.

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    usa_24

    over 4 years ago

    5022 Comments

    That is not good.

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    delano388

    over 4 years ago

    4314 Comments

    oh jeez, thats not good

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    LAWMANTUKES

    over 4 years ago

    6976 Comments

    "chiefmillan" does raise a valid point...

    If the weapons are in good shape, then the distribution to sworn LEOs that would put them to good and official use, would be a good option as opposed to out right selling them to the public. This I would agree to.

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    LAWMANTUKES

    over 4 years ago

    6976 Comments

    That is really desturbing to know......Most Agencies destroy their seized weapons. I just don't know why this agency felt the need to profit off what should in my opinion been destroyed after the trial(s).

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    beejac

    over 4 years ago

    1424 Comments

    Amazing that two guns sold legally by one law enforcement agency end up in criminal assaults. We have to remember that the illegal user of any fire arm is the responsible party, not the fire arm.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Not wanting to bolster gun control hype, I would just say that if LE agencies sell to reputable and federally-licensed FFL dealers, that is the good faith effort. The other option is to only issue such guns internally, to sworn LE personnel for duty or back up weapons or use them for training, display or ballistics, etc. I am sure all agencies melt down "junk" guns. Quality guns should be kept and used by the dept. if they are examined by an armorer and determined to be safe OR perhaps issued to other agencies....

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