Weapons from Memphis.
Over the weekend, the Associated Press reported that weapons used in shootings in Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas had once been in the possession of the Memphis Police Department. They were legally sold by MPD following their confiscation from crime scenes.
The reality of any firearm confiscated by law enforcement being used in committing any future crime is a tragic irony. While we are definitely sensitive to this overall issue and the interest it has garnered, I do want to make it abundantly clear that these guns did not end up in the wrong hands through any illegal actions or activities by members of the Memphis Police Department. As outlined by the state, the guns in question were provided to legal law enforcement dealers.
Relative to the practice of reselling confiscated weapons, we are looking at all options. We ask that the public take notethat the current policy is state law and not a local ordinance that we can more immediately change or revise.