There has been a significant increase in the number of firearms seized by or surrendered to law enforcement agencies. While seizure and recovery numbers are not published, public ATF and FBI data reflects over 364,000 crime guns were traced in 2016, of which 316,000 were handguns. Yearly, United States law enforcement agencies conduct in excess of six million firearm serial number checks. It is estimated over a million guns are recovered annually by law enforcement, not including those obtained through agency buy-back programs.
Reynolds recognized the need for a safe, simple and secure method for agencies to destroy the increasing number of confiscated and surrendered firearms. For over two years his team searched for a viable solution to the destruction issue, resulting in their design of a pulverizer, specifically made to destroy firearms. To document the destruction, they designed a computer and video verification process, for which GunBusters, LLC was issued two U.S. Patents.
The GunBusters® Firearms Pulverizer System is offered for sale to major law enforcement agencies, needing to destroy thousands of firearms annually, and to licensed regional service providers. A demonstration unit is housed in Chesterfield, Missouri, where destruction services are provided FREE of charge for regional agencies.
GunBusters has also designed the first, patent pending, mobile firearms pulverizer, with a stand-alone, non-polluting, rechargeable, power supply. The GunBusters Mobile Firearms Pulverizer was developed to provide on-site firearms destruction services for larger agencies needing to destroy at least 500 firearms.
Ray is a retired police commander who, after retirement, held senior management positions within the firearms industry. (Beretta, Glock and SIG.) During that time he developed trade-in programs to assist agencies dispose of duty weapons plus their confiscated and surrendered firearms. He holds dual degrees in Business Administration and Business Management and is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy. He currently serves on the Firearms Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
In some agencies, seized guns are stored for years or decades before a decision is made to dispose of them. In many instances the Chief of Police or Sheriff was unable to find a safe, simple and secure means to destroy the weapons. In some agencies confiscated and surrendered firearms are destroyed by sawing in-half or cutting with an acetylene torch, while others are crushed with a sledge hammer, all inherently dangerous methods. A few agencies transport weapons to car shredders or foundries, requiring significant resources, with an increased risk of loss or theft during the process. Much to the chagrin of police administrators, there are reports of supposedly shredded or burned guns reappearing in new crimes. Due to federal air pollution mandates, a number of foundries willing to destroy firearms are declining.
Agency administrators also report their frustration with the hidden costs, not shown in their approved budget, for the packaging, storing, record-keeping and eventual destruction of firearms; a number having to increase personnel assigned to the task in and the size of their storage rooms.