Gunbusters Is Where Unwanted Weapons Go To Die

Public can bring guns to Village Square on Saturday to be destroyed -- "no questions asked."

Brett Blume
May 10, 2018 - 4:30 am

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOX) - There's a company based in Chesterfield that takes old, unwanted firearms and crushes them into nearly unrecognizable parts through use of a homemade pulverizer.

Gunbusters vice president Scott Reed says it's patented technology.

"Destroying of firearms through the use of our method is a unique way," he points out. "Agencies in the past have used other methods to destroy firearms, but we feel ours is the safest, most secure, and most accountable way to do it."

He says other ways to try and destroy guns have included using "chop saws," smashing them with a sledgehammer, or dropping them off at a steel smelter, a method that has largely gone away because of the resulting pollutants.

They don't just drop them into the pulverizer and be done with it, Reed says.

The machine has cameras that record the firearm's serial number, date of destruction, and other critical information for police agencies. The camera then records the destruction process, start to finish -- it takes no more than 15 seconds to reduce a firearm to lumpy pieces of misshapen metal.

"Basically what we're doing is we're helping (law enforcement) agencies manage their old inventory," Reed says. "So agencies that have accumulated these guns from crimes that have already been adjudicated - they don't really know what to do with them, or they just don't want to store them any more. This prevents thefts out of property rooms, and gives them proof that they've destroyed them."

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This Saturday, the Florissant, Hazelwood and Bridgeton police departments, in conjunction with Gunbusters, are inviting the public to take part in a "Bears for Guns" firearm destruction event. It's at Village Square Shopping Center, at I-270 and Lindbergh, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Reed says the event allows resident an opportunity to voluntarily turn in their firearms for destruction. No I.D. will be required, and no questions will be asked. For every firearm that's turned in to be destroyed, a stuffed bear will be given out in return.

Organizers ask that firearms be transported unloaded in the trunk of your vehicle, or if possible, inside a gun case or closed container.

The firearm will then be removed from the vehicle by a police officer and transferred to the pulverizer.

"The guns that we destroy, those will obviously never find their way back to the street," Reed says.

For more information about the company or this weekend's event, go to