ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis City Police are auctioning off a series 29 of 1920′s era Tommy guns. The guns valued at over $750,000 are stored in a police vault; they are also part of one of the largest Thompson submachine gun caches in the country. Chief Sam Dotson says selling the guns was a tough decision, but the money will be used to help officers in the field.
‘What were told is outside of the military and federal government we have the largest cache of Tommy machine guns. The duty weapons that our officers carry have reached the end of their useful life; we need to buy new weapons for our officers. Budgets are tight and we had to be creative.’ said Dotson