By NEMS Daily Journal
RIPLEY – A one-day public auction of confiscated weapons held by the Tippah County Sheriff’s Department recently at the county fairgrounds raised about $30,000.
The money will be used for equipment and narcotics investigations, Sheriff Karl Gaillard said.
The weapons included revolvers and semi-automatic pistols, long guns, bayonets and knives. They were sold in “as is” condition.
The items sold for a low of about $50 to a high of $1,400 for a pre-World War I Springfield rifle.
It was the first gun auction for the department, and the first-ever auction where the county sold guns. The department performed background checks on each buyer.
Gaillard said there are plans for another auction this spring or summer, at which weapons, as well as vehicles and unclaimed property will be sold.