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Ozark Firearms Could Generate Money to Police

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Authorities in Ozark have never been happier to have over five hundred guns in their possession. That's because all these guns have been confiscated and will soon be generating money back to the station.

Deputy Chief Myron Williams says, "We have a number of guns that were determined to, that we determined that we could not return to the owners, or the people that we actually took of off, took the guns off of."

Deputy Chief Myron Williams says the process of getting rid of the weapons began in January of 2007.

"This is just a purging process; it's just another example of a way to clear out space in our evidence room," says Chief Williams.

There are a total of five hundred forty guns, one dating all the way back to the 60s.

"All of the guns have been checked out, if we have a reputable owner then the gun would be returned to them but in our opinion these guns cannot be returned to the people that we took them off of."

Chief Williams says the guns will be sold to a federal firearms dealer in Montgomery. Residents in the area say the plan is an excellent idea.

"I think it's good for the police department here they can return some revenue and get positive feedback, so they can get their money for the stuff they confiscated," says David Money of Ozark.

Williams says choosing to sell the firearms to a federal dealer is a great way to ensure the publics safety.

"By using a firearms dealer then we're not worried about guns going back out in the street, that's the main key to the program," adds Chief Williams.

Williams says there is a grace period for those who may want to get their guns back before they are turned over, however, there is a process they would have to go through to see if they’re able to obtain the property.

The station also receives money from confiscated money and cars that are auctioned off.


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