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G’town votes to sell police department’s surplus ammo

Logan Weiss/Columbia-Greene Media Suzette Booy (Far right standing), Director of Real Property Tax Services for Columbia County, address the board and the crowd at Tuesday night’s board meeting.
October 10, 2018 06:24 pm Updated: October 29, 2018 11:22 am


GERMANTOWN — Firearms from the town’s defunct police department were sold Tuesday to the sheriff’s department late last month.

The Town Board voted to sell the firearms and ammunition to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at the town’s monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Germantown Town Hall.

The Germantown Board will sell the surplus ammunition from the town’s police department, which the town voted to dissolve Aug. 7. The department will sell about 5,800 rounds for an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle and 40 boxes of shotgun shells.

The decision was unanimous.

“We brokered with a federal gun dealer,” Germantown Supervisor, Rob Beaury said. “It’s fairly substantial. We have an invoice for $307 per case — the market value of what the town originally paid.

“I don’t know what we are going to get for 10 unopened and two open cases [of AR-15 ammunition]. So, I don’t know, we will have to see what we are able to get.”

Selling ammunition is different then selling firearms, because selling ammunition requires using a federal arms dealer.

“Once you buy ammo, it’s yours,” Beaury said.

The Town Board sold two shot guns and one AR-15 to the Columbia County Sheriff’s office in September. The Town Board donated a second AR-15 to the sheriff’s Public Resource Officer program, which has one deputy sheriff assigned to a school district for safety.

The AR-15 will be assigned to Germantown School District’s School Resource Deputy Officer Michael Meier, pending approval by the Sheriff's Office.

The rifle will be kept in a locked gun case at Meier's discretion, if permanently assigned to him. The rifle will not be permitted into the school district, according to the sheriff's office.

“It was a triple win: guns stayed in the possession of the sheriff's office, we got good market value for them and one was donated to the School Resource Office,” Beaury said. “The county won out, school won out and the town got a fair price.”

The 40 boxes of shotgun shells have not been assessed for market value as of Wednesday. The town also donated 140 gun locks to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

“Last I knew, the sheriffs said that we where purchasing some weapons — I never heard anything about ammunition,” said Capt. John DeRocha with the sheriff’s office. “I do not know if it was part of it. The sheriff is handling the purchase directly.”

The Germantown Police Department was dissolved in August after a unanimous vote by the Town Board. Residents submitted a petition for a public referendum to put the department’s abolishment up for a vote on Election Day, Nov. 6.