Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office holds annual confiscated gun melt

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RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA - JUNE 26: Guns are piled on the ground during the destruction of approximately 3,400 guns and other weapons at the Los Angeles County Sheriffs' 22nd annual gun melt at Gerdau Steel Mill on July 6, 2015 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The weapons, confiscated in various law enforcement operations, will be recycled in the form of steel rebar to be used in construction. California law requires the destruction of the confiscated weapons. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA - JUNE 26: Slag is discarded during the destruction of approximately 3,400 guns and other weapons at the Los Angeles County Sheriffs' • 22nd annual gun melt at Gerdau Steel Mill on July 6, 2015 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The weapons, confiscated in various law enforcement operations, will be recycled in the form of steel rebar to be used in construction. California law requires the destruction of the confiscated weapons. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA - JUNE 26: Officials look at confiscated guns prior to the destruction of approximately 3,400 guns and other weapons at the Los Angeles County Sheriffs' 22nd annual gun melt at Gerdau Steel Mill on July 6, 2015 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The weapons, confiscated in various law enforcement operations, will be recycled in the form of steel rebar to be used in construction. California law requires the destruction of the confiscated weapons. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA - JUNE 26: A Los Angeles County Sheriffs deputies pick up guns during the destruction of approximately 3,400 guns and other weapons at the Los Angeles County Sheriffs' 22nd annual gun melt at Gerdau Steel Mill on July 6, 2015 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The weapons, confiscated in various law enforcement operations, will be recycled in the form of steel rebar to be used in construction. California law requires the destruction of the confiscated weapons. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA - JUNE 26: A front loader tractor carries guns to the melt shop during the destruction of approximately 3,400 guns and other weapons at the Los Angeles County Sheriffs' 22nd annual gun melt at Gerdau Steel Mill on July 6, 2015 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The weapons, confiscated in various law enforcement operations, will be recycled in the form of steel rebar to be used in construction. California law requires the destruction of the confiscated weapons. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA - JUNE 26: Confiscated guns are displayed prior to the destruction of approximately 3,400 guns and other weapons at the Los Angeles County Sheriffs' 22nd annual gun melt at Gerdau Steel Mill on July 6, 2015 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The weapons, confiscated in various law enforcement operations, will be recycled in the form of steel rebar to be used in construction. California law requires the destruction of the confiscated weapons. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA - JUNE 26: Tractors scoop up guns during the destruction of approximately 3,400 guns and other weapons at the Los Angeles County Sheriffs' 22nd annual gun melt at Gerdau Steel Mill on July 6, 2015 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The weapons, confiscated in various law enforcement operations, will be recycled in the form of steel rebar to be used in construction. California law requires the destruction of the confiscated weapons. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA - JUNE 26: A fork lift driver stacks 1,800-degree billets, cooing from 3,000 degrees when emerging from the mill, during the destruction of approximately 3,400 guns and other weapons at the Los Angeles County Sheriffs' 22nd annual gun melt at Gerdau Steel Mill on July 6, 2015 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The billets will be converted into rebar. The weapons, confiscated in various law enforcement operations, will be recycled in the form of steel rebar to be used in construction. California law requires the destruction of the confiscated weapons. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA - JUNE 26: Guns fill the bed of a dump truck during the destruction of approximately 3,400 guns and other weapons at the Los Angeles County Sheriffs' 22nd annual gun melt at Gerdau Steel Mill on July 6, 2015 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The weapons, confiscated in various law enforcement operations, will be recycled in the form of steel rebar to be used in construction. California law requires the destruction of the confiscated weapons. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA - JUNE 26: Billets at 1,800 degrees are seen cooling from 3,000 degrees when emerging from the mill during the destruction of approximately 3,400 guns and other weapons at the Los Angeles County Sheriffs' 22nd annual gun melt at Gerdau Steel Mill on July 6, 2015 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The billets will be converted into rebar. The weapons, confiscated in various law enforcement operations, will be recycled in the form of steel rebar to be used in construction. California law requires the destruction of the confiscated weapons. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA - JUNE 26: Workers walk past stacks 1,800-degree billets, cooling from 3,000 degrees when emerging from the mill, during the destruction of approximately 3,400 guns and other weapons at the Los Angeles County SheriffsÕ 22nd annual gun melt at Gerdau Steel Mill on July 6, 2015 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The billets will be converted into rebar. The weapons, confiscated in various law enforcement operations, will be recycled in the form of steel rebar to be used in construction. California law requires the destruction of the confiscated weapons. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA - JUNE 26: A fork lift driver stacks 1,800-degree billets, cooler from 3,000 degrees when emerging from the mill, during the destruction of approximately 3,400 guns and other weapons at the Los Angeles County SheriffsÕ 22nd annual gun melt at Gerdau Steel Mill on July 6, 2015 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The billets will be converted into rebar. The weapons, confiscated in various law enforcement operations, will be recycled in the form of steel rebar to be used in construction. California law requires the destruction of the confiscated weapons. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA - JUNE 26: Front loader tractors scoop up guns during the destruction of approximately 3,400 guns and other weapons at the Los Angeles County Sheriffs' 22nd annual gun melt at Gerdau Steel Mill on July 6, 2015 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The weapons, confiscated in various law enforcement operations, will be recycled in the form of steel rebar to be used in construction. California law requires the destruction of the confiscated weapons. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA - JUNE 26: Front loader tractors scoop up guns during the destruction of approximately 3,400 guns and other weapons at the Los Angeles County Sheriffs' 22nd annual gun melt at Gerdau Steel Mill on July 6, 2015 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The weapons, confiscated in various law enforcement operations, will be recycled in the form of steel rebar to be used in construction. California law requires the destruction of the confiscated weapons. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA - JUNE 26: Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell addresses a news conference prior to the destruction of approximately 3,400 guns and other weapons at the Los Angeles County Sheriffs' 22nd annual gun melt at Gerdau Steel Mill on July 6, 2015 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The weapons, confiscated in various law enforcement operations, will be recycled in the form of steel rebar to be used in construction. California law requires the destruction of the confiscated weapons. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA - JUNE 26: guns are heaped in a pile during the destruction of approximately 3,400 guns and other weapons at the Los Angeles County SheriffsÕ 22nd annual gun melt at Gerdau Steel Mill on July 6, 2015 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The weapons, confiscated in various law enforcement operations, will be recycled in the form of steel rebar to be used in construction. California law requires the destruction of the confiscated weapons. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA - JUNE 26: A Los Angeles County Sheriffs deputy looks at guns during the destruction of approximately 3,400 guns and other weapons at the Los Angeles County Sheriffs' 22nd annual gun melt at Gerdau Steel Mill on July 6, 2015 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The weapons, confiscated in various law enforcement operations, will be recycled in the form of steel rebar to be used in construction. California law requires the destruction of the confiscated weapons. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA - JUNE 26: Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell throws guns into a pile during the destruction of approximately 3,400 guns and other weapons at the Los Angeles County Sheriffs' 22nd annual gun melt at Gerdau Steel Mill on July 6, 2015 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The weapons, confiscated in various law enforcement operations, will be recycled in the form of steel rebar to be used in construction. California law requires the destruction of the confiscated weapons. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Do you ever wonder what happens to the mass amounts of illegal items police departments have confiscated? Keeping them stored in a padlocked room only makes sense for a certain amount of time.

Every year, the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department takes thousands of confiscated weapons and melts them down to be used for rebar in new buildings. Not only are the officers destroying dangerous weapons, they are saving the environment in the process. Take a look at the fascinating photos above.

Thousands of Confiscated Weapons Destroyed In Annual Gun Melt
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