Monday, December 10, 2012

I wanna cry.

Officers stunned when woman drops off $40,000 WWII German rifle to be destroyed in police buy-back scheme.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

It will disappear. One of those fucks will steal it and nothing will be said.

Anonymous said...

In Southern Louisiana a few years ago I picked up the local classified magazine when it came out early in the morning. While looking for a used truck I ran across an ad for a "german army stg44" for sale--$1000. I called and called but no answer.
That night the local paper ran a story about the BATF seizing an unregistered WW II machine gun an old veteran's widow tried to sell.

Anonymous said...

I doubt that any historian will get a chance to add that rifle to a historical museum. Most likely it will get chopped and crushed.

Aaron said...

Check this article instead. The Police did the right thing and did not accept the rifle for the buy-back.

Good on the Hartford Police Department

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/12/woman-turns-in-valuable-wwii-gun-at-police-station-weapon-buy-back/

Anonymous said...

That belongs in a museum!

Hope she has the NFA paperwork; I'd hate to see her end up in Club Fed for her trouble.

Besides, ammo is expensive and hard to find anyway. Sour grapes...

III N TN

Anonymous said...

I imagine her father was probably turning over in his grave.
Unfortunately the daughter was probably educated in the liberal post WWII government schools.
Thankfully there was a police officer there who happened to be a gun historian and realized the historicity of the firearm.
Ah to have such a treasure be passed on from a family member. No such luck.

Anonymous said...

That lady is out a bunch of money because shes stupid.

Anonymous said...

Well folks, you will see many police department turn in your gun programs coming soon for walmart prepaid cards and for food vouchers or 100 bucks no question asked type of deals .But to give up something like this is absolutely crazy ! Part of the gun control agenda and Government backed !

droneboy said...

Another one for the chiefs collection ...

CowboyDan said...

There, there, Bunkie, it's not as bad as you think. I read in the comments section that the cops did not buy the rifle as part of the buy-back program.

I think the weapons collector cop is going to help her sell it or donate it to a museum. Too bad her dad isn't around to tell the story if how he got it. That bit of provenance would increase its value a great deal, wouldn't you think?

Dakota said...

I know how you feel Mike.... I have lusted after the STG 44 most of my life. I used to make wood guns when I played army as a child. I always made an MP 40 or the STG 44. Did you notice at the end of the article that 5000 captured by Syrian rebels. Never know where they might turn up ....

Anonymous said...

It's Connecticut for crying out loud. My bet is they gave it back so the ATF could take it and charge her for having an unregistered automatic weapon.

KPN3%

Trinity said...

Look at the bright side, for a change the local Gestapo acted in the best interest of the civilian subject who turned it in. It can even be argued that it was best for society in preserving a valuable historical artifact.

If this had been turned in a gun-grab program in, for example, NYC or LA, that piece of history would be a pile of steel and wood slivers (or melted down to a blob).

The only thing shocking about this story was the integrity of the police overriding the local political ideology.

Maddawg308 said...

From Yahoo News:

" At the time the officers received the gun, it was in such disrepair that it was inoperable, unable to shoot a bullet even if the gun had been loaded. Cavanna said ammunition would have to be especially made for this gun.

The unnamed owner of the gun has left the valuable artifact at the police station for safe keeping.

"We did not take the gun in for the gun buy-back program," Crabtree said. "If we took it as part of the buy-back, we would have no choice but to destroy the gun. We don't want to destroy that gun."

The owner intends to sell the Sturmgewehr 44.

"It sounds like her family could use the money," Cavanna said."

Disciple of Night said...

But at least the cops saved it. Not every day you have a historian in that line of work. The real question is whether or not they'll protect her from the ATF and if the gun will find a good home?

BrianF said...

Anon @5:59 AM said "Well folks, you will see many police department turn in your gun programs coming soon for walmart prepaid cards and for food vouchers or 100 bucks no question asked type of deals "

Worcester MA pd held one recently for a free flu shot.

Miles said...

AS we see more and more of 'the grestest generation' pass on, we will see much more of this occurring.

Old biddy hens and anti-gun indoctrinated kids who find guns 'icky' not having a clue, or caring about their worth or utility.

PEOPLE! Talk to your older WW2 veteran relatives. Especially if they were Infantry or attached to Infantry units.

You KNOW what to ask.

You know what to DO.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, $40,000. You haven't made that much in your whole life, have you, Vanderboegh?

Anonymous said...

Given the somewhat vague nature of the contents of the NFA database, my guess is that this particular Stg44 will soon be in the custody of the ATF, and perhaps the owner will be as well.

droneboy said...

I take back what I said about the chief. For the moment ...

AJ said...

Let's all hope it ends up on display in a local museum.