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Why waste a perfectly good gun?
That's the philosophy behind HB252 to generally ban police departments from destroying firearms they have confiscated once they are no longer needed for trials and requires selling them instead, with some proceeds going to a fallen officers support fund.
The bill passed a committee Friday and now heads to the full House.
"I never saw the need for a perfectly good firearm to be destroyed," said sponsoring Rep. Brad Daw, R-Orem.
Clark Aposhian, with the Utah Shooting Sports Council, said, "We just don't think it's a great idea to destroy firearms, and when that money can go to a good cause, so be it."
He added, "This inanimate object despite whatever crime it was use in is not guilty of anything itself."