Photos: The Minneapolis Police Department's gun vault

Recovered guns
Minneapolis Police Sgt. William Palmer examines one of thousands of guns stored at a secure facility in the metro area. Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2011. The seized guns are stored to be used as evidence in court cases and most are eventually destroyed.
MPR Photo/Jeffrey Thompson

Stolen guns often wind up in the property and evidence unit of the Minneapolis Police Department. The room is a death row for recovered guns. If they aren't claimed, the guns are melted down and turned into rebar -- the steel bars that reinforce sidewalks and roads. >> Read MPR's related project here.

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