Pictures of Benchmade Destroying Guns Causes Backlash

The Oregon City Police department posted a series of photos on their Facebook page thanking the Benchmade for destroying guns.

The pictures went viral and had a lot of gun enthusiasts wondering why a company with such close ties to the outdoor industry was destroying firearms. Many are now calling for a boycotte of Benchmade

Benchmade knives destroying guns
Screen Grabs of the post

The Oregon Police have since removed the post and put in its place an explanation of why the guns needed to be destroyed.

Good evening,
We understand some of our followers are upset with Benchmade
knives because of a recent post we put out. The post did not give everyone the full story on why the guns were required to be destroyed.
We receive guns that are turned in from community members that they no longer want the guns and want them destroyed. We also have guns that are evidence and when a case is adjudicated the guns are ordered by the court to be destroyed.
These guns were required to
be destroyed. We reached out to Benchmade to do us a favor at our request. Benchmade is a strong supporter of law enforcement and the Oregon City community. We were present when the guns were cut and we took them for final destruction.
We apologize for not
informing everyone on the initial post. Benchmade is an excellent company and we urge everyone that had said they no longer support Benchmade to reconsider once they have all the information. Again, we apologize for not informing everyone with our recent post.
Chief Jim Band and Mayor
Dan Holladay

Based on that information I see no reason to boycott Benchmade. They were just helping out local law enforcement.

However, I wish police departments would be allowed to sell confiscated guns to law-abiding citizens. UNless the weapon was used in a murder or some other violent crime I see no reason to have them destroyed.