Guns used in violent crimes destroyed by steel company

By Anna Marie Hartman - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Shelby County Sheriff's deputies worked with a steel company Thursday to make sure guns used in crimes are not getting back on the streets.

NUCOR Steel is the largest manufacturer of steel in the country, but they also recycle steel.

Compared to the more than 26 million tons of steel made at NUCOR, the guns looked like a tiny pile of metal.

"What we're going to be doing today is destroying 50 plus weapons," Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell said.

Luttrell enlisted the help of NUCOR to melt down 57 guns that were taken out of the hands of criminals.

"Certainly those weapons that we're destroying are weapons that should not be out on the streets," Luttrell said.

The guns were loaded into a large vat and then dumped into a furnace.  Then, 100,000 volts of electricity and a 3,000 degree fire disintegrated the guns and recycled them for parts used in tractors and trains.

Luttrell said taking illegal weapons away from criminals is not a violation of the Second Amendment.

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