SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina sheriff aims to cash in an ancient machine gun officers can't use to afford modern crime-fighting riot gear it doesn't own.

The Rowan County Sheriff's Office has owned a Prohibition-era Thompson submachine gun for decades. The Tommy Gun became infamous from its use by both law officers and criminals like Al Capone.

It's now popular among gun collectors.

Rowan Sheriff's Captain Jerry Davis Department says in the past the weapon was issued to a member of the department's SWAT team, but its value now is in its history.

Estimates are the circa-1928 weapon could probably sell for around $30,000.

Rowan County officials plan to advertise the weapon for sale, followed by an auction or direct sale sometime in the future.

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