Radnor Police are destroying six automatic machine guns and a number of other weapons in their possession. The weapons will be melted down at ArcelorMittal in Coatesville.
The six automatic weapons were purchased by the department in 1999 following the Columbine massacre, but have never been used, said Police Superintendent Bill Colarulo. The Radnor Board of Commissioners ordered the destruction of these six firearms on June 18.
All of the other weapons that are scheduled to be destroyed came either from a robbery, rape, aggravated assault or suicide, with the exception of one firearm, which was turned in by an owner who had purchased it legally.
“Not one of those weapons came into our possession because they were used for the purposes of good or something lawful,” Colarulo said.
Colarulo spoke about the massacre in Sandy Hook, CT, saying “One unfortunate thing is it takes events like that before people realize the seriousness and the danger of firearms.”
These firearms from Radnor Township are being destroyed rather than being resold so as not to fall into the wrong hands, Colarulo said.