AB&I helps local law enforcement agencies destroy weapons
May 20, 2013
For more than 25 years AB&I has offered a unique public service to all California law enforcement agencies - weapons destruction. They receive calls from agencies as far north as Redding, California, south into the Central Valley and east all the way to the Nevada border, according to Kevin Doran, AB&I Materials Manager. In fact, local agencies like the Oakland Police Department have referred other agencies including the Department of Justice out of Sacramento and the Sacramento Sherriff’s Department to AB&I to dispose of their seized or confiscated weapons.
The response AB&I gets from the visiting agencies is nothing short of amazing and the number of agencies learning about this program and utilizing this service is growing every year. They melt all types of weapons, mostly shotguns, hand guns, rifles, swords and machetes. Ted Ray, VP of Recyclable Materials and an avid outdoorsman says, “It’s a shame to see all these beautiful guns destroyed, but if they were used in a crime or to hurt another person it is good to get them off the streets and we are proud of our commitment to Law Enforcement to do so.”
To participate in the program, an agency simply has to call Kevin Doran and he makes the arrangements. Kevin notifies the melt department that they have some firearms that need to be destroyed and they set a date and time for the destruction process. Team Members are always available to explain the melt process and help in any way. Officers are also present at different levels of the cupola so they can actually see the weapons going up in the charging bucket and in the cupola so there is never any question that the weapons were in fact destroyed.
The most recent agency to destroy weapons at AB&I was the Vallejo Police Department. They brought in over 700 weapons, most of which were guns they recently received in a single day “cash for guns campaign”.
Everyone at AB&I is proud of their commitment to the community and to law enforcement, working hand in hand to make things better for the community.