Warner PD likely to get $16k gift of guns tonight
WARREN - A gift of guns for the police department will likely be decided at a public hearing tonight.
The Concord Monitor reported the gun manufacturer Strum, Ruger & Co. offered to give the department firearms worth about $16,000. Police Chief Bill Chandler told the select board April 12 the guns were offered free of charge after the department was invited to the Newport factory for a presentation on new products.
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. 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.