Selling Confiscated Guns Brings in Big Money for Richmond County Sheriff's Office

Augusta, Ga. (WJBF) Guns are a concern for many in Augusta, but now they are increasing the Sheriff's Office budget.

“Being proactive and selling these weapons to a certain type of manufacturer to resell elsewhere, I think that's positive,” Commissioner Jordan Johnson said.

Commissioners approving disposal of firearms confiscated by Sheriff's Office.

A total of 1,735 handguns and rifles were sold at auction.

The highest bid, a company from Vermont, for a total of 267 thousand dollars, or approximately 154 dollars per firearm.

“It seems a little low for what they're getting. I would have liked to see a local dealer have the opportunity to buy them for the same price,” said Mayor pro-tempore Brandon Garrett.

In the past, confiscated guns were destroyed by the sheriff's office, but state law no longer allows that.

“What I would like to do with them is burn them or get rid of them, but Georgia law doesn't allow us to do that, so I guess getting them something is better than nothing for them,” Commissioner Tony Lewis said.

The sale represents an increase of more than a quarter-million dollars to the sheriff's office budget.

“I believe that anything we can do to generate revenue and keep our city safe is a good thing, as long as we dot the i’s and cross the t’s,” Commissioner Johnson said.

Guns may create problems for the sheriff's office, but they now also generate money.

In Augusta George Eskola WJBF NewsChannel 6.

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