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RPSO to auction off guns

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) – If you're looking for a new gun, the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office might be able to help.

The RPSO will be selling 450 seized guns on Saturday, July 27. There will be a gun preview at 8 a.m. and the auction will begin at 9 a.m.

The proceeds are said to be used for the department's general funds and to purchase new firearms for officers.

The firearms go as far back as the 1980's and according to RPSO have undergone rigorous scrutiny.  RPSO said they have verified that none of the weapons belong to an open criminal case. Guns without serial numbers have been destroyed. There is also said to be no automatic assault weapons.

Chris Lemoine, one of the auctioneers managing the sale, noted, "The guns are being sold without any reserve. Every gun will sell, regardless of price.  With the size and range of the selection of firearms on the block, it's going to be easy to come home with a gun that you like for a great price."

There  will be brands of both long guns and hand guns to be auctioned. Some are said to be, Beretta, Browning, Charter Arms, Glock, Hi Standard, Jennings, Marlin, Remington, Smith & Wesson, Taurus, Winchester and many more.

Bidding at the auction will require similar criteria as required when buying recreational guns at licensed stores and gun shows.  Each bidder will be required to present a current, valid driver's license; and must pass an alcohol tobacco and firearms background check. 

"There isn't a loop hole in the system. Bidders need to know that we will be vigilant in protecting the public's safety," added Barbara Bonnette, another one of the sale's managing auctioneers.

Online bidding will be available, and internet bidders will be required to pass all of the same criteria and background checks as those bidding live on-site. 

The guns will be available for preview at the auction site at 3804 McKeithen Drive in Alexandria.

The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Department can be contacted at 318-473-6700. Chris Lemoine can be reached for interview at chris@bonnetteauctions.com

Barbara Bonnette can be reached for interview at 318-443-6614 or barbara@bonnetteauctions.com

More information on the auction can be found at www.bonnetteauctions.com

 

 

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