St. Louis Police Department is sensibly bringing in some hard cash to upgrade their officers' defensive weapons.
St. Louis police sell surplus weapons, including Tommy guns, for $1.2 million
So twenty seven of these historic shooters are now going out to collectors and the city's making some serious bank.
This is so much better than the time back in the early 90's that the City of Detroit held a press conference and smashed ten of these collectible guns with a roller as an anti-crime publicity stunt, saying that they were committed to keeping dangerous weapons off the streets. (They then turned around and sold all of their .38 Special revolvers to a nationally-known distributor for $15 each and they popped up in about every wholesaler's catalog within weeks.)
I think that in celebration of St. Louis wise decision, I shall take my Thompson out to shoot this week.