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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Guns are a concern for many people in Augusta, but now they are adding to the sheriff’s office budget.

“Being proactive and making sure the weapons are sold and delivered to a manufacturer who will resell them elsewhere is, in my opinion, a positive thing,” said Commissioner Jordan Johnson.

Commissioners approve disposal of firearms seized by the Sheriff’s Office.

A total of 1,735 handguns and rifles were auctioned.

The highest bid came from a Vermont company and totaled $267,000, or about $154 per firearm.

“It seems pretty low for what they’re getting. I wish a local dealer had the ability to purchase them for the same price,” said Mayor Brandon Garrett.

In the past, confiscated weapons were destroyed by the sheriff’s office, but state law no longer allows this.

“I’d love to burn them or get rid of them, but Georgia law doesn’t allow us to do that, so I guess it’s better to get them something than nothing,” said Commissioner Tony Lewis.

The sale represents an increase in the sheriff’s office budget of more than a quarter of a million dollars.

“I believe that anything we can do to generate revenue and keep our city safe is a good thing, as long as we dot all our i’s and cross all our t’s,” said Commissioner Johnson.

While guns can cause problems for the sheriff’s office, they also now bring in money.