Benchmade Knife Company came under heavy fire after word broke via Oregon City Police facebook page where Oregon City Policy praised Benchmade Knife Company for destroying the long guns. Photos appear to be taken at the Benchmade Knife Factory facility.After a bombardment of comments and negative attention from the Second Amendment community online, Benchmade Knife Company went on to release an official statement.
“Benchmade is aware of the recent post from our local Oregon City Police Department.
We apologize for the confusion and concern that this post created. These were firearms that the Oregon City Police Department had to destroy in alignment with their policies. Oregon City Police requested the use of specialty equipment within the Benchmade facility to follow these requirements, and as a supporting partner of our local police force, we obliged the request.
Benchmade is a proud and unwavering supporter of both law enforcement and Second Amendment rights. These are commitments that we do not take lightly and will continue to support well into the future.
When asked for clarity from Oregon City Police Department, Chief Jim Band made the following statement: “When property is to be destroyed, it is the policy of the Oregon City Police Department to destroy property, including firearms, in accordance to our procedures and ORS. The Oregon City Police Department does not sell firearms.”
Oregon City Police stated “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”
Another controversy surrounding this entire incident is the Oregon City Police has removed the original post from their facebook page which has sparked massive outrage as it serves as public record and in the past entities such as the ACLU has sued public figures and offices for deleting posts in the name of censorship.
Jim Fuller of Rifle Dynamics is quoted as saying ” I’ve been asked by agencies to destroy guns, it’s not in my company’s business ethics to do that. I myself had a very expensive gun stolen from me, used in a crime, confiscated but I was refused to get it back because it was “used in a crime” and it was destroyed because some anti-gun politicians mandated it. You guys could have nicely said no.”