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Rockford recycler destroys 150 guns

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A metal bar hold down one end of the gun while the shear slices it in half. A metal bar hold down one end of the gun while the shear slices it in half.
Gun pieces before they are sent to Behr's South Beloit plant. Gun pieces before they are sent to Behr's South Beloit plant.
ROCKFORD (WREX) -

A Rockford-based company helps one northern Illinois police department get rid of its guns. These are firearms that used to belong to other people not the police. The Woodstock Police Department made the trek to Rockford to get more than 150 firearms crushed down.

"Some of them are criminal cases, a majority of these were weapons of family member members who turned in weapons of deceased family members that they didn't want the weapons anymore so we will take those firearms and destroy them for them," says Sergeant Joshua Fourdyce, Woodstock Police Department.

The police says it has to follow special procedures to destroy weapons. Not only was there a team on site to observe the process, they also videotaped it.

"There are some things that we take in that we can appropriate or auction but in the case of weapons like this it makes more sense to just destroy them so they don't wind up in the wrong hands," says Sgt. Fourdyce.

Behr says the process includes crushing the guns in what's called an alligator shear. Then the pieces will head to Behr's South Beloit location to be put through a car shredder.  The final pieces end up about the size of a silver dollar and then they are recycled.

"What we are doing today this product will probably in the next 30 days be driving around on a new Dodge Dart," says Jim Barbagallo, Behr senior account executive.

The company also provided gun destruction for the DEA, ATF and other local law enforcement agencies.

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