Reclamation Supplement to Federal Property Management Regulations

Part 43 Utilization of Personal Property

Subpart 114S-43.3 Utilization of Excess


114S-43.311-70 Disposal of Firearms.

Firearms are defined as any weapon (including starter guns) which will, or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive. Reclamation firearms will be disposed of only by one of the following three methods:

(a) Donation. Reclamation firearms may be donated to the Smithsonian Institute if they have historical significance. Donations to other museums, organizations, or individuals are strictly prohibited. [Also see 101-43.315-5(h) and 101-43.4804.]

(b) Transfer. Reclamation firearms may be transferred directly to other Federal agencies or other Bureaus within Interior when the firearm is needed for functional use.

(c) Destruction. All Reclamation firearms not disposed of by (a) or (b) above and are not required for use by the Bureau will be disposed of in the following manner:

At the point of destruction of firearm(s):

1. Will be photographed, preferably with the serial number or other identifying marks clearly visible and recognizable.

2. Without moving or rearranging the firearms after the first photograph is taken the firearms will be cut in half by use of an acetylene or similar torch. The cut will be made diagonally across the receiver or frame of the firearm.

3. Immediately following the destruction a second photograph will be taken as verification.

4. Two individuals must witness the destruction of firearms and must sign the resulting property voucher as witnesses.

5. Photographs will be retained with the property management file copy of the property voucher and retained on file for 10 years.


FPMR-8 - 9/15/95 (Supersedes 9/5/85)