It’s every gun historian’s nightmare: a priceless, irreplaceable piece of history crops up in a closet, and rather than take it to a dealer or auctioneer, the little old lady takes Uncle Bob’s priceless artifact to a gun “buyback,” where anti-gun authorities are collecting guns for destruction.
Usually, these “buybacks” bring in rusted Lorcins and cheap single-shot shotguns. There’s no danger of rare collector guns going under the torch. But in Connecticut, a complete, serviceable 792 x 33mm StG 44 was turned in just that way to a buyback, reports New England Cable News. Fortunately, an informed, honest cop saved the weapon from destruction, and its owner will be allowed to sell it out of state, rather than sacrifice a $25-30k weapon to the smelter.
The reportedly NFA-registered gun was a WWII bringback by an deceased family member.
There is a video report, from which we snapped these screenshots, at New England Cable News. We are told that the M14 and M16 displayed with the StG at the start of the video are not also turn-ins; they’re police armory weapons that were taken out to show the reporter how the StG was the grandpappy of them all.
While this weapon was registered, the next one might not be. We desperately need a provision in the law to amnesty register such discoveries. In fact, ATF could do it by regulation, if they weren’t fully in the pocket of the gun control party, because the law provides for periodic amnesties, a legal provision that the managers of the ATF have never cared to comply with.
Administration jeremiads against the mortal menace of the M1 Carbine notwithstanding, World War II weapons are no significant part of the criminal’s armory. It’s probably also time for a hard look at the Curio and Relic area with a view to streamlining regulations, reducing paperwork, and clearing all that old stuff off the NFA register — this would require a legislative change.
Finally, credit where credit is due. Hats off to Officers Crabtree and Cavanna and the Hartford, CT Police Department for ensuring the survival of this rare example. And thanks to The Gun Wire for steering us to the story.
The images all came from the NECN video.