Earlier in 2013, North Carolina lawmakers passed a bill proposing changes to how guns should be disposed of by law enforcement agencies. Senate Bill 443 Disposition of Abandoned Firearms, known as the Save the Gun Law, went into effect September 1, 2013 and sets restrictions for how law enforcement officers are allowed to dispose of guns.
Most of the firearms acquired by law enforcement officers are through North Carolina gun buyback programs. These events offer the public a place to surrender a firearm and receive a gift card or cash in return. Other circumstances include unclaimed firearms from when officers confiscate weapons due to unlawful use or possession.
North Carolina gun buyback events have been increasingly popular. Last month, a gun buyback program in Wilmington ran out of money in just a half hour. An inventory of used firearms will likely grow since weapons acquired from these events across the state will need to be donated or sold.