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December 12, 2005


Relics from high profile crimes in the history of New York City, including the gun used to murder John Lennon, are on display at the Forensics Investigative Division in Queens. When officers are not busy playing with them on the shooting range, that is.

Most of the weapons confiscated in the city are not held on to and end up at "the burn," where they are melted down. Others are archived: Currently, the ballistics bunker in Queens has about 800 guns, which are hung on bars, skewered through their trigger guards. But a few weapons, those that were used in significant crimes, are put on display in a bulletproof-glass case. Chapman’s .38 is on view alongside David Berkowitz’s handgun and a bazooka that was used to fire a shot at the U.N. in the sixties.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 12, 2005 08:31 AM

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