This Feb. 27, 2012 photo released by the State Attorney's Office shows the Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm handgun used by George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin. The photo and reports were among evidence released by prosecutors that also includes calls to police, video and numerous other documents. The package was received by defense lawyers earlier this week and released to the media on Thursday, May 17, 2012.
(Dothan, AL)--The Dothan Police Department has it's own set of procedures for dealing with stolen weapons. The department keeps all murder weapons, but tries to return items confiscated during searches or robberies, to the original owner.
"If we find that a gun is stolen, we have to hold it until that case closes," Dothan Police Department Crime Scene Unit Investigator Becky Edwards said. "After the case closes, we try to run a trace it back to where it came from," She said.
According to police, pawn shops and individuals that sell their own weapons, make it difficult for the department to trace them. They also say if a gun can't be traced back to its original owner, or has a tampered serial code, it will be destroyed.