- Associated Press - Monday, October 9, 2017

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) - Police in a New Hampshire city have asked a judge to allow them to destroy about two dozen guns, some of which were used in crimes, some in suicides, and others abandoned.

The Laconia Daily Sun reports (https://bit.ly/2z921AK) Police Chief Matt Canfield says the department could sell some of the shotguns, pistols and bolt-action rifles, but would rather cut them up. He said police are concerned they could later be used in a crime.

Canfield said the department’s evidence storage locker tends get filled up with the weapons.

Eleven states have passed laws encouraging or requiring police to resell confiscated guns; New Hampshire isn’t one of them.

Presiding Justice James D. O’Neill III declined to immediately grant the request. He said in criminal cases, defendants should be notified of the motion to destroy the weapons and be given an opportunity to respond.

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