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NYPD to melt thousands of confiscated guns

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NEW YORK – Thousands of guns confiscated by police or seized during buyback programs are heading to the furnace.

The NYPD is preparing to melt all of these guns and recycle the metal.

Police call the heap of guns "the end of the iron pipeline"  – a reference to the I-95 corridor from the South where the guns are bought.

The weapons are destroyed twice a year to keep them out of the wrong hands.

The National Rifle Association blasted the NYPD's show-and tell-move, saying firearms should be treated the same as boats, jewelry or any other confiscated asset and sold at auction.

"To cut off the potential cash flow for the sake of making some social commentary is short-sighted at best," NRA said.