AUSTIN — Austin’s police chief announced Friday that the Police Department will no longer sell its older guns when they retire them.

The decision came at the request of the Austin City Council, which directed staff in May to refrain from including any provisions in future police contracts that allowed the department to trade in or sell firearms or firearm accessories to anyone except officers employed by the city.

A new contract between the city and the police union took effect last month.

Any gun or related accessory that isn’t sold to an Austin police officer will be destroyed according to evidence disposal policies, Police Chief Brian Manley wrote in a Friday memo.

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