St. Louis police to sell a Tommy gun stash to buy new firearms

They were the weapon of choice among gangsters during the Roaring 20’s and 1930’s and now more of them can be in your hands.

The St. Louis Police Department is selling a $1.2 million stash of firearms, including 27 Thompson submachine guns, to assist in the financing of the purchase of new Beretta pistols and AR-15-guns for the officers, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

St. Louis police sell surplus weapons, including a Tommy gun, for $1.2 million via @stltoday

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The vintage weapons – with some dating back to 1921 were also carried out by the police and FBI agents, and they are stored in an underground bunker at the department of the police academy and since they were dismantled around 60 years ago.

“The original reason for the sale of the weapons was for the purchase of new duty weapons, and we have it so good on the sale, we will be able to purchase guns, by our own actions without any budget money,” Carol Shepard, the police of the purchasing department purchasing manager, told the newspaper.

Shepard says the department’s current guns are more than a decade old and are increasingly difficult to find replacement parts. But Raymond Reynolds, the president of the Police Trades – a broker who is facilitating the deal – says that the police weapons are very sought after since they are usually well maintained and rarely fired.

The Tommy guns are purchased by a Kentucky-based distributor for $22,000 each and will be sold to the interested buyers as they pass by a series of restrictions. Among them: a need to hold a federal license to buy, such as firearms, passing a background check, paying a $200 federal tax and notification of their neighborhood, the local police chief of the purchase, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The police will begin with the transfer of the weapons, pending approval by city officials of a contract with the broker.

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