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Aiken Department of Public Safety looking to offload surplus guns to licensed dealers

December 16, 2018

The City of Aiken, via its public safety department, wants to sell dozens of surplus guns to the highest bidder.

Public Safety is looking to dispense of 43 guns spanning good, fair and poor condition as well as various calibers, according to a request for proposals. The city is looking for federally licensed gun dealers to buy them.

Guns on the list include Ruger, Glock, Smith & Wesson, Taurus, Remington and Mossberg brands.

The winning bidder – bids will be opened and reviewed Jan. 17, 2019 – is required to buy all the guns, according to the RFP.

“Bidders will not be allowed to pick and choose from the attached list,” the request reads.

Public Safety Chief Charles Barranco said the sale is more or less standard practice. The department conducts these sell-offs, the chief said, maybe once or twice a year.

Pre-bid inspections will be held on Jan. 3, 2019, and Jan. 10, 2019, at Public Safety’s Laurens Street headquarters, the RFP states.

Five bidder qualifications are listed in the document. They detail the necessary business and firearm licenses.

The RFP was posted to the city’s website Dec. 12.

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