Orange County Sheriff Melting 501 Firearms ... for World's Largest Cufflinks?

Categories: Crime-iny
The Orange County Sheriff's Department will have the makings of a great pair of cufflinks Wednesday morning, when 501 firearms will be melted down.

Actually, the 305 handguns and 196 long guns will be taken to a still steel mill that will melt them down for reinforcing bar, also known as rebar.


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Most of the guns had been turned over to the sheriff's Property and Evidence Bureau for destruction, also some had been seized from the scenes of crimes and suicides or from people who were prohibited from owning them.

The sheriff's department is turning the gun show into a media event scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Brad Gates Building in Santa Ana.

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Total waste ---this is a quarter million dollars lost.


What a waste. They should have a police auction and sell them to good U.S. citizens with clean records who may need them in the years ahead.

paullucas714 topcommenter

lol bill xT beat me to it. Curses to Auto-correct.

BillxT topcommenter

Matt, "still mill" = "steel mill"?  Just trying to figure out if I'm missing something.



Any metalurgists out there?  Aren't gun barrels and other gun parts hardened? What's the effect on the product made from steel including hardened steel?

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