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    Posted: 08 December 2012 at 7:22pm
Really cool story. What a close call.

http://www.necn.com/12/08/12/WW2-weapon-turned-in-during-gun-buy-back/landing.html?blockID=811359&feedID=11106

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(NECN/NBC News: Jeff Saperstone) - Police officers in Connecticut received one very unusual weapon during a gun buy-back program last week -- the gun was from World War II and is worth over $30,000.

All sorts of guns were turned in at the gun buy-back event in Hartford last Saturday, but one weapon caught the eyes of officers.

"The chance to see a piece of history -- this … is absolutely unbelievable,” said Officer Lewis Crabtree of the Hartford Police Dept.

That's because the weapon turned in is a World War II-era assault rifle used by the Germans.

"Usually, this rifle would be issued to SS troops,” said Officer John Cavanna of the Hartford Police.

Cavanna is a gun historian.

One woman turned in the weapon, unaware of how much it was worth.
“In excellent condition, this gun is rated at $30,000 to $40,000,” Cavanna said.

But you might be wondering right now, how did a German soldier's weapon wind up in the hands of an American?

“You could kill a solider back then, and if the captain of your fighting unit signed off on it, you could send that gun home to your family or kid brother or cousin,” Cavanna said. “Anything you wanted. Her father, who was a World War II army man, had brought this gun home from the European theater."

The gun, developed in 1944, holds a 30-round magazine and can shoot 500 rounds per minute. Cavanna said every modern assault rifle produced today is based on this design.

As soon as officers saw this weapon, they knew its value.

"This is a gun that should actually be in a museum rather than in a shredder,” Crabtree said.

And that's why they will allow the owner to sell the gun.

"I give her credit for bringing it to us,” Crabtree said.

A piece of World War II history -- saved.
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When I grow up, I want to be an "army man."
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NB4 She gets in trouble for not having it on the BATFE/FBI tax rolls....
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Also, those things are a pain to feed (pain in the wallet)

So I'm going to buy this one:
http://www.aimsurplus.com/product.aspx?item=F1ATGERGST44
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War Relics usually do not fall under any criminal penalty if the owner is unaware of its ability, status or condition. As stated brought back around 1945 there was no real 'law' that covered war relic status. During Vietnam when the AK-47 was 'shipped' home as a war relic by soldiers, did the new reg from the military rather than civilian law came into play on 'automatic weapons' sent or brought home.

The is no violation of BATF statute on this since obviously 'grandma' was unaware of its type, purpose or use. Only now the gun must be 'sold' or demilled for museum donation based on Fed guideline, Grandma is free and clear to sell under the law but must sell or donate by the law.

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I seem to remember fairly recently that the congress had allowed a machine gun amnesty for weapons from VN and before. My good friend's grandfather brought an M3 grease gun back from Korea that he had until probably the 80's, when it became non-transferable and he cut it up. Not sure if that would have counted since it wasn't likely a captured weapon unless it was a chinese copy. Very cool story. 
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Ugh, while I'm glad to see this, I'm reminded of what my father in law has seen destroyed in NYC.

He told me that down there, they've taken in some amazing pieces through the buy-back program and they HAVE to be destroyed, because the city doesn't want to be in the business of 'selling guns' in the event that they take something in that could be collected or put in a museum. He's seen antiques, rares, and everything else get turned in and cataloged on the spot with no exceptions

This would not have been allowed to happen if it were the NYPD were running that program.


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