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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) has a novel approach to transforming weapons used in criminal activity into something that contributes to the community as a whole.

Under California Penal Code 18005(c), when a confiscated weapon is of a type that cannot be sold at public auction or returned to its lawful owner, it is scheduled to be destroyed so that it can no longer be used as a weapon.

In an annual midsummer event, the LASD collects those impounded firearms and has them destroyed and melted into materials destined for construction sites, including roads and bridges.

According to Sheriff Jim McDonnell, 3,400 weapons seized in Los Angeles County were part of this year’s Annual Gun Melt event, the 22nd in its history.

LASD annual gun melt
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

In the 22nd annual LASD gun destruction event, 3,400 seized weapons were contributed to be melted into materials for use in road and bridge projects for three states.

These guns will be melted into steel reinforcing bar and turned into construction materials to be used for upgrades to freeways and bridges in Arizona, California and Nevada.

According to an LASD press release, 5.25 tons of materials were to melted, and that the “5 ¼ tons melted today will be used for the betterment of transportation tomorrow.”

Gerdau Steel Mill, located in Rancho Cucamonga, generously donates its furnace, equipment and personnel to convert these weapons into steel rebar.

Mark Olson, vice president and general manager of the Gerdau Steel Mill is proud to participate, saying, “This activity transforms weapons that were intended or used to inflict harm into a product that improves our landscape and economy in Southern California.”

Ten county departments participate in the annual event by contributing their eligible confiscated weapons: Beverly Hills Police Department, Claremont Police Department, Downey Police Department, El Monte Police Department, Long Beach Police Department, Manhattan Beach Police Department, Sierra Madre Police Department, West Covina Police Department, Whittier Police Department and the Los Angeles Superior Court.


Tagged categories: Bridges; Rebar; Roads/Highways; Structural steel

Comment from Paul Schultz, (8/12/2015, 9:01 AM)

Just trying to figure out how this is relevant to paint and coatings.

Comment from Jim Johnson, (8/12/2015, 9:59 AM)

I'm wondering why they were not sold. In most cases the only weapons that could not be resold would be special, such as full automatic types. They certainly are far more valuable and useful for home protection or self defense than as a commodity metal. I also wonder how this involves coatings. Would would really be more relevant would be information on the intentional chemical spill of millions of gallons by the EPA in Durango, CO, how they are going to clean it up and how those responsible are to be held accountable.

Comment from Vernon Ball, (8/13/2015, 6:05 AM)

...converted to steel rebar. A vital part of substrates that many of us paint and coat.

Comment from David Pope, (8/14/2015, 8:21 AM)

Political theatre, nothing more.

Comment from Mark Bowen, (8/14/2015, 1:18 PM)

It's the same principal as Russia destroying tons of food in front of their starving citizens, since it came from Western nations.

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