Warner: Public hearing to discuss firearms gift for police

Published: 5/10/2016 12:07:13 AM

The town of Warner is poised to accept a gift of firearms for its police department from Sturm, Ruger valued about $16,000, but first, it will go before the town in a public hearing tonight.

Warner police Chief Bill Chandler told the select board April 12 that the firearm company offered the new guns to the department free of charge after it was invited to the Newport factory for a presentation on new products.

Calls made to the police department for details on the collection of firearms were not returned Monday.

Town Administrator Jim Bingham said last week it is the select board’s policy to hold a hearing for citizen input on accepting funds or gifts of property. Bingham said the gift includes “standard law enforcement sidearms,” but he did not know how many.

“Sturm, Ruger is a very reputable firearms dealer,” Bingham said. The police “have looked at them, and I believe they have tried them out.”

The department’s old guns will be decommissioned, Bingham said, and made available to officers for private sale. 

The public hearing will be held tonight at 7 during the regularly scheduled select board meeting at town hall, 5 E. Main St., Warner. Select board Chairman Clyde Carson said the board will formally accept the gift at the meeting.

Nick Stoico

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