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Seymour Police Receive Rare Shotgun

Last updated on Wednesday, March 7, 2012

(SEYMOUR) - The Seymour Police Department received a rare gift last week, an assault-style shotgun known as the Street Sweeper.

The gun was given to Police Chief Bill Abbott by gun collector Tom Allman. He decided to donate the 12-gauge shotgun, which the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms classified as a destructive device.

The gun will join a collection of weapons obtained by the department over the years, and include weapons from retired officers. The weapons are on display in the training room of the department.

Tom Allman, who operates Tri-State Gun & Knife Collectors LLC, said he obtained the gun, made by S&S Inc., when he purchased a collection. He later purchased a 12-shot second rotary magazine to satisfy federal regulations to make the gun legal to be possessed.

"It's a Class 3 weapon," Allman said. That requires the gun to have a federal stamp. He said the gun, which has an 18-inch barrel with a double-action folding stock, cost about $895 when new and is probably worth about $1,400 now.

Karen Allman said Seymour is their home and that's another reason they decided to give it to Seymour Police Department.

The Allmans hold gun and knife shows in Seymour, Indianapolis, Evansville, Salem and Madison. The couple's first show was held in December 1991 in Seymour.

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