April 6, 2018
PETERSBURG, Va. -- More than 100 guns that were taken off of the streets of Petersburg were destroyed by the order of the police chief on Wednesday.
"I'm not destroying firearms because it's popular or anything," Petersburg Police Chief Kenneth Miller pointed out. "These are illegal guns that were taken off streets."
With just nine months on the job, Miller was adamant about his decision to have the guns destroyed and not sold "to put these weapons back on the street for gain."
"We're not going to take weapons of destruction and try to make a profit off of that," Miller said.
One of the destroyed guns.
The weapons had been stored in the departments evidence room, but not all of the guns were able to be linked to a crime.
"When people start turning in firearms at the request of the police, they don't want them anymore or we're getting illegal firearms through tips, information being provided by the public," Miller said.
The machine used to destroy the guns made it impossible for them ever to be used again.
"The barrel, the trigger mechanism, the magazine that were in them, we're keeping them intact and destroying them that way," Miller said.
Petersburg Police Chief Kenneth Miller
The more than 100 firearms destroyed ranged from revolvers to a derringer, semi-automatics to a gun with a suppressor attached to the barrel, to about a dozen long guns.
Miller said he fully supports legal gun owners, but could not in good faith allow the confiscated weapons to go back on the streets.