Sheriff considers selling surplus guns

Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers is considering selling firearms from the department’s property room to raise money for training, equipment or other department needs.

Myers estimated that it has been more than 20 years since the property room was cleaned out.

Myers on the gun inventory

Myers said earlier this week that the department is allowed to sell the guns to a specially federally licensed gun dealer and the guns are then resold to other police departments or government agencies.

Myers estimated that the county could raise $40,000 to $50,000 through the gun sale program, but he has not yet decided whether to pursue the option. Myers told the county council that he does not want to leave the perception that the department is in the business of putting weapons back on the street.