A BILL TO BE ENTITLEDAN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE DISPOSITION OF FIREARMS BY LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES.
Identical to S 443, filed 3/26/13.
Amends GS 15-11.2 (Disposition of unclaimed firearms not confiscated or seized as trial evidence), deleting GS 15-11.2(c), which allowed a person finding a firearm and giving it to law enforcement to then claim the firearm in specified circumstances.
Amends GS 15-11.2(d) to require the head or chief of the law enforcement agency to transfer the unclaimed firearm to the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), (previously, head or chief could apply to the appropriate district court for disposition of the unclaimed firearm).
Amends GS 15-11.2(e) (Disposition of Firearm), requiring the SBI to dispose of the firearm in one of three ways: (1) having the firearm destroyed if it does not have a legible identification number or because it is unsafe for use; (2) by transferring it to a law enforcement agency applying for the disposition of the firearm for official use or selling it at a public auction to a licensed collector, dealer, importer, or manufacturer, in accordance with laws; or (3) by maintaining the firearm for training or experimental purposes or for use in a museum or historical society.
Provides that if the SBI sells the firearm, the SBI will keep the proceeds of the sale and use them for law enforcement purposes. The SBI will maintain records and inventory of all firearms received from local law enforcement agencies, the disposition of the firearm, and any funds associated with the disposition of firearms.
Effective July 1, 2013, applying to any firearm found or received by local law enforcement agencies on or after that date.