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State to Auction Rifles, Knives from Imprisoned Former Agriculture Commissioner's Administration

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will sell thirteen Remington rifles and sixteen Case knives in an auction on May 5 at KDFWR headquarters (1 Sportsman’s Lane west of Frankfort).
 
The guns and knives were purchased under the administration of former Commissioner of Agriculture Richie Farmer who is now in prison where he will serve more than two years for misuse of state money. 
 
Proceeds from the auction will help fund an urban garden project that will be announced later this year.

“We saw this auction as a way to make something positive out of what was an unfortunate situation,” current Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said in a news release. “We’re pleased that we will be able to recoup some of the dollars spent on these items and put them toward an important agricultural project.”

Registration and viewing will open at 8 a.m. EDT, and the auction is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. All items will be sold as is. Paperwork and background checks must be completed onsite before the firearms can be released.

The specially engraved rifles and knives were intended as gifts for agriculture commissioners and their top aides from member states of the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture. The 2008 SASDA Conference was held in Kentucky.

“I hope collectors around Kentucky will bid aggressively on these items knowing that their dollars will go toward something worthwhile,” Comer said. “The winning bidders can forever point to these items as their contribution toward changing the culture in Frankfort.”

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