New Castle County is using the melting method to help keep guns off the street.
New Castle County officials say they are reinstating a program to destroy guns seized in criminal cases rather than sell them to dealers to help fund police equipment purchases.
Officials said Friday that the move could help reduce gun violence by reducing the number of guns in circulation.
Authorities currently have more than 140 guns that will be destroyed.
The county had a similar program in place more than a decade ago but later began selling seized guns to firearms to obtain more money for police equipment.
Officials said Friday that they'd rather just have the guns off the streets for good.