When Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy was arrested on domestic violence charges in North Carolina last year, he was forced by a judge’s order to surrender 10 guns to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff.
Hardy was convicted of assaulting Nicole Holder, who said he owned 25-30 guns in all, in a bench trial last year. Hardy appealed that verdict, which set up a jury trial on the same charges.
Hardy owned the guns legally, but he won’t be getting them back after charges were dismissed earlier this year when Holder failed to appear for the start of the jury trial. On Wednesday, which falls exactly one year since the arrest, the sheriff’s office announced that Hardy has relinquished the guns.
“The attorney on behalf of Mr. Hardy has relinquished the weapons and they remain in the property of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office,” spokesman Rob Brisley said, via the Charlotte Observer.
The guns, which include six “military-type, semi-automatic rifles” and three shotguns, will either be destroyed or auctioned off. Hardy is currently appealing a 10-game suspension from the league stemming from those charges and his appeal is expected to be heard this month.