Deodand: a thing forfeited or given to God, specifically, in law, an object or instrument which becomes forfeit because it has caused a person's death.
One of the fine fellows over in GBC (edit - it was RobbAllen) used it after I posted a link to this article - Legislation would order destruction of firearms used in fatal crimes. From the article:
“This is a victims’ rights bill,” said Rep. Wayne. “We owe it to the memory of the deceased and to the surviving victims to ensure that a weapon that has stolen a life be taken off the streets forever.”I'm sorry, but I'm getting rather tired of this argument. The weapon didn't "[steal] a life". Some miscreant with a distinct lack of social graces did that. They chose to use a firearm. This continued anthropomorphizing of inanimate objects gets very tiresome, very quickly.
Digiuro said it would be very difficult to think that the weapon that killed his son could be auctioned off and used again. “This bill will help victims families know that the weapons that killed their family member, or wounded their police officer or firefighter, will not be out on the street, possibly to kill again,” he said.
The only way I could find this even remotely palatable is if it called for the destruction of any "weapon" used in any crime. Instead, it is singling out a particular type of weapon, and only for certain offenses.
Further, this is a lost revenue opportunity for the jurisdiction. What happened to the old Sheriff's sales when they would clean out the evidence locker of stuff no longer needed? Instead, they are going to spend even more money to destroy and object, and require even more regulatory overhead in order to comply with the regulations.
Personally, I think this is a bad idea.