Forsyth County approves tommy gun trade

The Associated Press

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WINSTON-SALEM — The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners has agreed to trade two 1928 Thompson submachine guns for 88 new rifles.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported the board voted 6-1 Monday to approve the request from the sheriff to make the swap for the Bushmaster rifles.

Commissioner Bill Whiteheart voted no. He says he doesn’t see why the sheriff’s office needs 88 new rifles when it has 66 already. Whiteheart says the sheriff has only eight cars on patrol at any one time.

He wanted the county to keep at least one of the old guns.

Some commissioners wanted to know if they could auction the 1928 submachine guns to the public, but the county attorney says federal authorities told him only a government agency or a dealer could acquire them.