Gun sale nets a total of $98,700 for 3 agencies
by Chris Norwood
TALLADEGA — Nearly 1,000 guns seized by Talladega police, Talladega County Sheriff’s Office and the Talladega County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force were auctioned off to federally licensed gun dealers Tuesday afternoon. According to Talladega Police Chief Alan Watson, the sale netted a total of $98,700, which will be divided between the three agencies based on who had seized the weapons in question.

According to auctioneer Johnny Vetra, 30 to 40 dealers from Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky came to look at the weapons, which ranged from a flint-lock pistol to .50 caliber Desert Eagle pistol that frequently retails for over $2,000.

Except for the Desert Eagle and one other handgun, all the weapons were sold in lots, with each bidder submitting a sealed bid by 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

It remained unclear Tuesday evening how much of the proceeds would go to each agency, Watson said. About 270 of the guns auctioned off came from the city, he said.

The last gun auction was in 2007, after the state legislature passed a law allowing municipalities to participate in such sales. Many of the weapons auctioned then had been gathering dust in storage rooms for up to 20 years.

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