If there’s any better way to start a new week than bathing in anti-gunners’ tears, we’re not exactly sure what that would be. So aside from watching the Cowboys utterly dismantle the Eagles last night and listening to the once-likeable Patrick Mahomes whine like a snotty little bitch girl about an official calling a clear infraction at an inopportune time for him, it’s hard to overstate the level of our satisfaction when we read a New York Times jernalizmist’s breathless report that — zut alors! — not all of the busted-up guns that are collected in gun “buybacks” around the country are actually melted down and beaten into plowshares.

We can only imagine how thoroughly disillusioned The Times’ Mike McIntire must have been when he did a little digging into the companies that actually dispose of the guns that are taken in. See, no matter what the politicians and police chiefs may say when they advertise these utterly useless political photo ops, the great majority of the guns they collect aren’t destroyed. At least, not completely.

There’s actually a small economy of companies scattered around the country that take the guns off of the police departments’ hands after the buybacks and destroy “the firearms.” And by “firearms,” we mean the ATF-approved legalistic definition of such.

You and I may know that only means the serialized frame or receiver, but the average public official — and that includes the police chiefs who make appearances at “buybacks” for interviews and stand-ups for local TV — is too pig-ignorant to know that.

The Times’ report centers on one particular company, GunBusters of Chesterfield, Missouri. We’ve been writing about them pretty much since they came into being when a retired St. Louis cop had a bright idea for a new venture.

GunBusters and other companies like it take guns off the hands of the entities that run the buybacks and destroy them. For free.

But as you’ll notice in the GunBusters video above, they don’t destroy the entire gun…lock, stock and barrel, so to speak. Instead, they strip it of parts, then destroy the frame. If a police department or city really wants to ensure that the guns are destroyed completely, GunBusters will do that, too. But they’ll charge them for the service.

That’s because the biggest revenue-generating portion of GunBusters’ business is selling the unserialized parts. Kinda like this . . .

If you have yourself a Beretta 96D in .40 S&W that need some TLC, Gunbusters is a good place to look for parts.

As you might expect, this reality has come as something of a shock to those with delicate sensibilities. People like The Times staff and their sheltered readers.

Gun auction websites have thousands of listings for parts kits, and even complete firearms, offered by firms that contract with law enforcement agencies to handle disposals. Gunbusters and its five licensees across the country, for example, recently averaged more than $90,000 a week in combined online sales of hundreds of disassembled guns from government clients.

This little-known but profitable corner of the firearms economy exists because the approved method of destroying a gun contains a loophole that has been exploited.

OH MY GOD! The Times has uncovered another dreaded loophole in firearm regulation in this country. This alleged loophole, of course, is the fact that only a portion of any firearm is regulated and legally considered a gun under the law. The rest of it is just parts.

To be able to say a gun is destroyed, disposal companies crush or cut up a single piece that federal law classifies as a firearm: the receiver or frame that anchors the other components and contains the required serial number. The businesses can then sell the remaining parts as a kit: barrel, trigger, grip, slide, stock, springs — essentially the entire gun, minus the regulated piece.

If we wore pearls, we’d be clutching them at this very moment. Tightly.

Police agencies and disposal companies say they are following guidelines set by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. While the guidelines, posted on the A.T.F. website, show illustrations of whole guns being cut into pieces with an acetylene torch, they also say that an “acceptable method” is to destroy just the receiver or frame.

McIntire eventually raises the haunting specter of — you guessed it — ghost guns.

But while the parts kits have legitimate uses, they could also further the spread of so-called ghost guns when paired with an untraceable receiver or frame, said Nicholas Suplina, a senior lawyer with Everytown for Gun Safety. The number of do-it-yourself ghost guns turning up in violent crimes has surged, made possible by unfinished components — prefabricated metal pieces that need welding and drilling — that are not serialized, and often do not require a background check when purchased separately.

In the end, none of this is really news. Well, unless you live on the upper west side and foolishly depend on the New York Times to find out what’s going on in the world.

These companies are providing legal services to cities and government entities around the country, disposing of guns they’ve “taken off the streets,” and doing it according to ATF guidelines. Nothing underhanded, nothing untoward.

The Times doesn’t like that because not only are the guns collected incompletely destroyed, but someone is actually profiting from our Byzantine gun control laws…by identifying a niche and complying with the laws just as they’re written.

As for the shock and alarm expressed by Mr. McIntire and the Everytown mouthpiece he interviewed, not to mention the ignorance of all of the public officials who are involved in the process all along the line, that’s just too damned bad.

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