PINE, BLUFF, AR- A spokesperson for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office reports Saturday's auction of guns raised a record amount of money.
Jefferson County, Arkansas - Saturday, March 22, 2014 - Jefferson County, Arkansas' tenth largest county played host to the largest public gun auction in the history of gun auctions in Jefferson County, Arkansas.
The event at the Pine Bluff Convention Center reached $125,755.00 in combined sales.
It was hosted by the South Central Arkansas Law Enforcement Society Gun Club in conjunction with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Tri-County Drug Task Force.
The last public gun auction hosted by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Tri-County Drug Task Force was in 2005 and only netted $15,957.00.
Nationwide, gun sales have been at a record high.
Just last year, over 21 million applications were processed through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which is the same system used by a federal firearms licensee brought in by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office at this weekend's auction to screen prospective bidders.
Prospective bidders were encouraged to preregister to ensure that they would be cleared through the NICS by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to purchase a firearm prior to placing a bid.
Preregistration and public viewing of the guns for auction was opened on March 20-21, 2014.
Approximately 600 people from across the state attended the auction with 380 registered bidders.
Approximately 204 checks were processed through the NICS.
However, six individuals received 3-day delayed notices and one individual was denied approval to purchase firearms by the ATF.
Each gun auctioned went to the highest bidder.
The highest bid at of $2,375.00 was for a Winchester .38 WCF L.A. Rifle and the lowest bid was $5.00 for a Marksman 177 Caliber BB Pistol.
"We promote responsible ownership of guns and firearms, which is also why he made gun lock safety kits available to every successful bidder at no charge through Project Child Safe to help ensure safe and responsible firearm ownership and storage", said Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. of the Major of Operations.
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