WWI machinegun seized, turned over to museum
An interesting story. Des Moines police found a water-cooled German MG from WWI in a drug raid, and made arrangements to turn it over to a military museum.
Thought: back in the 70s, police generally auctioned off seized firearms. I used to go to the auctions here. One of the judges sent his bailiff over to bid on the ones he liked. (I guess he thought it'd be improper to bid against attorneys). Then in later years that changed, here and almost everywhere else, to where seized guns were destroyed. I wonder if it might not be useful to try to get exceptions. For example, guns on the ATFE curio and relic list can be donated to museums, and those not accepted can be sold. That way collectibles wouldn't be melted down, at least.
[UPDATE: I think there is a museum exception (not dead sure). The only police exception is, as I remember, that they don't have to pay the $200 tax -- but guns on which no tax is paid become "law enforcement only," I think even if a person offers to buy and pay the tax on that transaction.]