KOAT-TV.com - It takes more than just dumping a gun into a trash bin to properly dispose of it.Members of the Albuquerque Police Department use a machine called a gun shear to destroy unwanted weapons, including sawed-off shotguns and machine guns.
The gun shear chops the weapon into pieces. The metal scrap is then recycled. When
it comes to ammunition, officers dispose of bullets using an
incinerator, which handles up to 50 pounds of ammunition at a time. "(The
incinerator) is propane-operated. We light it up, (and) it takes
approximately 30 minutes to do its business, with a 10-minute cool
down. What you have left is the casings, and also the lead that comes
out from the incinerator and all of this is recyclable," Albuquerque
Police Department Lt. Arturo Gonzalez said.
The incinerator can also destroy fireworks. Read more