Politics & Government

City of Wichita to sell more than 200 seized guns

Weapons seized after a police chase (2004)
Weapons seized after a police chase (2004) File photo

Guns that were seized as part of crimes will be sold by the city of Wichita for the first time.

A new state law requires cities to give the weapons to law enforcement or sell them, with the exception of guns that have been involved in homicides or are in poor condition.

More than 200 guns, of various makes and models, will be available on BudsGunShop.com for purchase by licensed firearm dealers, said Elizabeth Harlenske, assistant city attorney.

“Historically, we destroyed them to keep them from going back on the street,” said Sharon Dickgrafe, interim city attorney.

The guns are no longer needed for evidence, according to city documents.

Dealers can buy entire lots of the guns at a time, Dickgrafe said. There are 51 long guns and 168 handguns.

City officials are unsure how much money the gun sale will bring. Proceeds from the sale will go to the Wichita Police Department’s asset seizure and forfeiture fund.

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