The Iowa State Auditor has taken aim at a gun trade by the Fremont Count Sheriff. The Auditor states Iowa code has been violated and Fremont county should consult legal counsel. Sheriff Kevin Aistrope tells Fact Finders.there was no intent to violate code but, "I should have done it a different way."
Last year the Sheriff traded 115 abandoned, seized and forfeited guns no longer needed as evidence. About $6,000 worth traded to a gun dealer in exchange for upgrade parts to his departments rifles. Aistrope told Fact Finders he then bought about 8-10 of those guns from the dealer.
Aistrope told Fact Finders, "I 100 percent thought I was doing the right thing." However Iowa State Auditor David A. Vaudt said the weapons should have been turned over to Iowa Public Safety, not traded to a dealer.
Aistrope told Fact Finders he won't resign and had no intent to violate any state code.
Aistrope provided a lengthy response which can be found on the Iowa State Auditors website.