06/11/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

NYC Recycling Guns Seized After Crimes

In New York City, where taking illegal handguns off the streets is high on the mayor's agenda, thousands of firearms make it into the hands of law enforcement officers each year.

Once they've been seized in crimes, whether after long and ignominious careers or short but violent ones, and once their owners have been prosecuted, the guns must be destroyed, never to be used again.

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