By RACHEL STULTS • Staff Writer (Tennessean) • April 2, 2008
Nearly 1,500 rifles, shotguns and pistols were destroyed at dawn Wednesday by Metro police.
Most of the 1,405 weapons were seized in 2002 and 2003 during arrests for illegal gun possession. Some were turned over to officers as found property.
Weapons associated with homicide investigations or other serious crimes were not destroyed.
The police department destroys firearms once or twice a year. The department does not sell seized or confiscated guns, police said.