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April 10, 2012

QOTD: Sheriff Joe Guy

Filed under: 2A, guns — antitango @ 7:52 am

Quote of the Day: Sheriff Joe Guy

“I feel like it’s my responsibility to make them available for sale,” Guy said. “We take them from lawbreakers and make them available for law-abiding citizens. … A well-armed, law-abiding populace makes my job easier.”

This was said in regards to a firearms auction in TN where the law was recently modified to make it illegal to destroy evidenced guns when no longer needed.  They’re now required to auction them off to the law-abiding public!  I’m GLAD more and more law enforcement officers are understanding this.

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6 Comments »

  1. Glad you liked the quote. The 2nd ammendment is very important to me, and my citizens deserved the opportunity to purchase the firearms we had. We auctioned off over 400 assorted legal firearms, all of which had been ran no less than 3 times through local and national databases to ensure none were reported stolen, and each weapon was checked for safety the morning of the auction 2 times (once by me personally). All sales were made in accordance with law and appropriate background checks. The firearms were doing nothing for me but taking up a lot of much needed space in my evidence room. Now, after the auction, our department’s equipment budget is $74,000 richer.

    Comment by Joe Guy — May 7, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

    • The difference between what you’re saying and the more liberal among the populace is that they believe the guns themselves are evil and not the person wielding it. They believe that the mere presence of the firearms are what drive people to commit crimes and not the fact that… we just have bad eggs among us.

      Comment by antitango — May 7, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

  2. Not to be a spoil sport, but I have a bit of a problem with selling seized property for the benefit of those who do the seizing. I’m not saying Joe Guy or his department would do anything unethical, but the war on drugs has given us examples of unethical behavior in these regards.

    Comment by rjoiner — May 8, 2012 @ 6:55 am

    • I can agree with that from an ethical standpoint, but 2 things. 1, how do you propose that seizures like this are legit; and 2, what do you propose they do with the money from it?

      Comment by antitango — May 8, 2012 @ 6:57 am

      • I’m not sure I understand what you’re asking with #1? The seizure itself? I believe there’s case law that determines how property can be legitimately seized, directed by the legislation. The problems, as I’ve seen, is that this can be manipulated by less than ethical departments… Removing the incentives should fix most of the problems of over indulgence. If you’re asking if seizures like that are legit, period, then that’s a different discussion.

        2. Charity comes to mind. Or having the legislative branch dictate where it’s spent. Education perhaps? General funding? Increasing pay for public defenders? Many places it could go, and not be an ethical issue, or at least significantly reduce the incentives.

        Comment by rjoiner — May 8, 2012 @ 10:13 am

        • Sorry, #1 was missing a word. How do you propose that we ensure seizures are legit? I think perhaps this can be answered most simply with how the items were confiscated to begin with. Since these guns go back to the 70s, I’m not sure it can be answered honestly in all cases. If someone got a parking ticket and the gun was confiscated as part of a group of property, think lien, then OH HELL NO! Since they were removed from the evidence room, I’m going to go with the ASSUMPTION (and only an assumption) that these guns were all used or possessed (and by extension used) in the commission of a crime which resulted in a conviction. Mr. Guy, if you’re around, would you still be able to confirm that this is the manner in which the guns confiscated during your purview were taken?

          Comment by antitango — May 8, 2012 @ 11:36 am


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