Who Gets In?

"Inside uproar" over a gun dealer being allowed into the Chester (Penn.) Police Department's evidence room to look for guns scheduled to be destroyed caused the Daily Times to pose the question: Who should be allowed into a property room?

In its reporting on this story, the Daily Times interviewed Joe Latta, executive director of the International Association for Property and Evidence, to learn more. His response, as quoted in the article:

"Most departments have no rules or policies," he said. "And when it comes to property and evidence, any rule you can come up with I can find an exception to."

The guns accessed by the gun dealer were part of the city government's gun buyback program. "No questions are asked, guns cannot be used as evidence and the firearms are expected to be smelted," reported the Daily Times' John Kopp in an April 13 article. In spite of the angle regarding civilian access to the evidence room, the primary concern appears to center around the removal of parts from weapons when the intent of the buyback was for the firearms to be destroyed.

Source: Daily Times

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