Firearms auction raises thousands for Westover PD

Published: May. 23, 2023 at 12:55 PM EDT
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WESTOVER, W.Va (WDTV) - The West Virginia State Treasurer says a recent unclaimed property firearms auction has raised thousands for the Westover Police Department.

State Treasurer Riley Moore says the $6,615 raised during the auction will be used to improve safety and law enforcement efforts in the community.

“It’s an honor to conduct our annual unclaimed property firearms auction to raise money for the brave men and women across West Virginia who risk their lives to keep our communities safe,” Treasurer Moore said. “This year’s auction raised a record amount of funds that police departments can use to invest in new equipment, facilities and training programs they need to protect and serve our citizens.”

Treasurer Moore presented the check to Westover Police Chief Joe Adams and Deputy Chief Scott Carl at the Westover Police Department on Thursday, May 18.

“It was great working with the State Treasurer’s Office to participate in their firearms auction program,” Westover Police Chief Joe Adams said. “We plan to use the funds we received from the auction to purchase new radios for our law enforcement vehicles.”

The auction raised a record total of more than $141,000 to benefit the 15 law enforcement agencies that participated in the auction.

The auction raises funds by selling outdated, unclaimed or old firearms, ammunition and related accessories in police inventory to qualified bidders.

Under West Virginia’s Unclaimed Property Code, state and local law enforcement agencies are allowed to turn over any unclaimed, seized or outdated firearms in their possession to the State Treasurer’s Office for auction.

These include weapons that are older and no longer used by a department, or that have been seized as evidence and sitting in storage rooms for an extended amount of time following the disposition of a case. They can also include weapons taken from individuals who are not legally allowed to own firearms.

Once law enforcement certifies they cannot find a lawful owner of the firearms, they can be turned over to the Treasurer’s Office for auction.

The proceeds from the auction are then returned to the submitting agency for use.