The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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September 1, 2012

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Seized guns no longer part of W.Va. agency’s tasks

CHARLESTON (AP) — The state treasurer’s office says it’s no longer handling the destruction of seized firearms.

Treasurer John Perdue says police previously had the option of turning guns over to his office because they fell under state unclaimed property statutes.

But Perdue says a new law now gives local agencies the ability to destroy the firearms through a court order or take other measures in dealing with them. That includes using them or trading them with licensed dealers or manufacturers for new firearms.

The state’s unclaimed property program has returned more than $100 million in residents’ lost assets since 1997. Perdue says the new law removes his office from having to deal with firearms.

A seminar on the new law is planned for Northern Panhandle law enforcement officers Wednesday in Wheeling.

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