Sheriff's Department Holds Gun Auction

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Prospective bidders look over the weapons prior to the start of the gun auction at the fairgrounds.

A large crowd gathered at the fairgrounds in Piggott on Saturday, May 10 as Clay County Sheriff Gerald McClung held an auction of seized and unclaimed guns. The auction, the first for McClung since he took office, featured a total of 84 pistols, rifles and shotguns. Handling the auction chores were Colonel Gary Magee and the staff of the Magee Auction Company of Piggott.

The auction company registered well over 400 bidders for the sale, each submitting to a background check. Special consideration was also given to out-of-state buyers, as all guns being sold interstate must be done so through licensed dealers.

The bidding was competitive on the variety of weapons, which ranged from sporting guns to assault rifles. And, according to McClung the auction raised about $44,000.

"The money generated by the gun auction will go into the county general fund, but we do hope to be able to purchase some new vehicles for the sheriff's department," McClung said of the proceeds. "We've got a couple of units with over 250,000 miles on them and we could really use some replacements."

All purchases made at the auction included a 10-percent buyer's premium, which served as commission for the auction company.

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