Northampton police’s ammo supply boosted by Walmart

  • Walmart is donating ammunition to the Northampton Police Department. DALLAS MORNING NEWS VIA TNS/Jae S. Lee

Staff Writer
Published: 12/19/2018 4:02:35 PM

NORTHAMPTON – The Northampton Police Department is receiving an unusual gift, in the form of a donation of about $13,000 in ammunition from the Walmart on King Street.

“It does nothing but save the city money,” Northampton Police Chief Jody Kasper said of the gift. 

Ammunition is no longer sold at the King Street location of the national chain, and store manager Jeffrey Jacobs said that the decision was made to donate the store’s stock to the Northampton Police Department so it could “go to a good cause.”

“It’s very helpful,” Kasper said. “We purchase ammunition routinely.”

Jacobs said that the valuation of the ammunition is based off of its retail value. He also said that if the donation is to be used for a tax write-off that it would not be something initiated at the retail store level.

Kasper said that the donation will help with the department’s training and supply budget.

She said that the great majority of the donation can be used for firearms training, such as .22 long rifle, .40 and 12 gauge ammunition. Other types, including .44 magnum ammunition, which police do not use, will be turned over to the Massachusetts State Police for destruction.

“We’re collecting the ammo in order to train,” she said.

In total, the donation includes 80 cases of 12 gauge, 35 cases of 20 gauge, seven cases each of .410 gauge and .22 long rifle, two cases of .40 caliber, and one case each of .44 magnum, .38 special, and .45 auto, as well as an assortment of individual boxes of other ammunition. 

Kasper said that the police are given ammunition routinely from sources like the estates of deceased gun owners, which they then turn over for destruction.

“It’s really not uncommon for us to take ammunition that’s no longer wanted,” she said.

The donation will need to be approved by the Northampton City Council at its Thursday meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.


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