Rio Dell council votes to destroy gun stockpile in police evidence locker

Rio Dell council votes to destroy gun stockpile in police evidence locker

Mayor Debra Garnes addresses the Rio Dell City Council regarding what to do with nearly 30 years worth of guns in the police evidence locker (Screenshot) On Tuesday, the Rio Dell City Council narrowly voted to destroy the roughly 200 firearms sitting in their police department’s evidence locker instead of selling them at an auction. The motion, which won by a 3-2 vote, will cost the city $2,500 and was an alternative to selling approximately 100 of the guns at an auction, which would have netted the city about $15,000. Mayor Debra Garnes and council members Amanda Carter and Frank Wilson voted to destroy the guns, while council member Julie Woodall and mayor pro tem Gordon Johnson voted to sell them. “You lose if you do or if you don’t,” Wilson said at the meeting. “I’d just as soon see that we get rid of them and not have the city tied to it in the event that somebody does something stupid with a firearm they bought by way of the city and creating a political hassle for us.” The guns — about half of which would have been destroyed regardless of the council’s vote because they were rusted, incomplete or illegal to own in California — were accumulated in the police department’s evidence locker since 1994, according to Rio Dell police chief Jeff Conner. Johnson noted that he saw no issue with a potential auction because there are hurdles prospective gun owners must clear before owning a firearm, […]

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