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Firearm Destruction...There Is A Right Way To Do It

Updated: Dec 14, 2023

Not every firearm manufactured will enter the consumer market for many reasons including design changes, machining errors, and material defects. These firearms will ultimately be scrapped or destroyed during the production process. However, with more than 10 million guns being manufactured in 2020 alone and the numbers expected to rise, the need for firearm destruction is hig, according to an interim ATF Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Export Report. However, manufactures cannot simply toss an unwanted firearm in a dumpster and forget about it.


Think someone wouldn’t just toss guns in a dumpster? In February, 2023, Federal agents say they found a dumpster filled with 250 cut-up firearms near a gun store.


In addition, simply taking apart an assembled rifle or revolver by removing various firearm parts, such as barrels, buttstocks and cylinders, without affecting the frame or receiver, the firearm may not be capable of firing, but it could still be restored to such condition. As such, you are held accountable for these scrapped firearms.

According to the ATF, an unserviceable firearm is not considered destroyed and is still regulated as a “firearm” under Federal law until it is not restorable to firing condition and is otherwise reduced to scrap. The ATF’s acceptable method of destruction is to completely melt (smelt), shred or crush the firearm receiver. These methods require specified cut lengths, and tracking of the firearms make, model, serial number, type, caliber/gauge.


Why not just have a professional do it?


At American Shredding, we can transport, destroy, provide a COD (Certificate of Destruction), excel documents for your firearm destruction. We have years of experience and know the proper way to obliterate firearms.


Keep your company safe from investigations from the ATF. Keep your community safe by not having operational firearms on your property or in landfills. Keep peace of mind by using professionals.

Contact us today and see how we can safely and securely destroy firearms!


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