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Opening bid lowered on submachine guns


COLDSPRING – San Jacinto County Commissioners’ Court voted to lower the minimum opening bids on two submachine guns last week. The court originally placed a $5,500 minimum bid each on the two Smith and Wesson Model 76, 9 mm guns. That minimum bid was lowered to $3,250 each or $6,500 for both by the court after more research was conducted on their value. Bids will be accepted from dealers or collectors with a Class 3 firearms license. The guns have sequential serial numbers which make them more collectible, according to San Jacinto County Judge Fritz Faulkner. They were given to the sheriff’s department by the U.S. Army. The sheriff’s department has decided to sell them to the highest bidder for money to purchase law enforcement equipment for two new vehicles. It could take about six months before the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms paperwork goes through after the purchase, according to San Jacinto County Auditor Carole Martin. “We’ve already had several inquiries, including some from out-of-state,” Martin said. In other business, the court approved the acceptance of a $2,634.43 donation from the San Jacinto County Emergency Services District to be applied to the purchase of a vehicle for the county fire marshal. A vote to approve adding the Coldspring-Oakhurst Independent School District’s EducaEducation Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships to students, to the list of organizations to which jurors can donate their $7 pay was tabled for more information. Before approving the agenda item, the court will see if the Shepherd Independent School District has a similar non-profit organization they would like to add to the list. Most jurors donate the $7 to Children’s Safe Harbor which is already on the list, according to San Jacinto County Judge Fritz Faulkner


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