Gun Trade By Sheriff Explained

An Iowa sheriff says there was nothing improper in a transaction involving dozens of guns traded to a licensed gun dealer last year.

Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope told Channel Six News Fact Finders that guns with no recorded ties to cases had been swapped for about $6,000 in barrels to upgrade his department's weaponry. After the transaction Aistrope confirmed he purchased some of those guns for himself from the gun dealer. That means he bought guns that had been in his evidence locker before the trade. Aistrope said there was no conflict of interest.

Aistrope said other sheriff offices in Iowa had used the gun trading method to upgrade their own arsenals. However Aistrope said the state auditor had indicated Fremont county should have contacted the Iowa Department of Safety before the trade to make sure the state had no claim to the guns. Aistrope said the state sent a him letter that the state had no hold on the guns.

Aistrope said this was an method to better arm his deputies without added cost to taxpayers.

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