City saves history by turning over rare StG 44 to Navy museum system
A police department in Virginia sat on a seized German military rifle for almost a decade before moving to turn it over to a military museum.
The Chesapeake Police Department seized a Sturmgewehr 44 in 2009 from a felon that could no longer possess the firearm. Seeing that it had historical significance — the StG 44 is considered by many to be the first true “assault rifle” due to its select-fire design and use of an intermediate cartridge — the agency rendered it inoperable and this week moved to have the City Council approve donating the piece to the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command.
The resolution was approved 8-0 last Tuesday without discussion.
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