Bowing to political pressure from state Sen. Jake Chapman (R-Adel), the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has relocated its annual firearms auction from Nebraska to Iowa.
As reported earlier this month in ThePerryNews.com, the DNR will hold its annual spring auction April 10 at 9 a.m., but the location of the sale has now been changed, thanks to Chapman’s complaint, from the auction house’s Omaha headquarters to the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The doors will open at 8 a.m. for the sale.
Chapman voiced his disapproval March 10 on Facebook, claiming the DNR’s original plan was “an attempt to move guns out of Iowa.” He did not offer any evidence or rationale for his suspicion.
“It is incredibly disappointing,” Chapman said, “to see that rather than using an Iowa auctioneer and selling the guns in Iowa, DNR opted to sell these guns in Nebraska.”
In response, the DNR publicly announced Monday the relocation of the auction to the Jacobson Exhibition Center on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. No explanation for the change was provided by the DNR. Chapman said he was pleased with the DNR’s decision, for which he took credit.
“Last night I posted my disappointment with DNR for moving the sale of confiscated guns to Nebraska,” Chapman said Thursday on Facebook, and “this morning I received an update that the DNR has reconsidered and will be moving the gun sale back to Iowa.”
Items up for auction include more than 600 firearms, bows, gun barrels, scopes and other assorted equipment. All items are sold “as is” with no guarantee or warranty. The list of items for sale is available for inspection online.
Online bidding will be available this year as well as traditional onsite bidding. A Friday preview and pre-registration will be conducted April 9 from 3-5 p.m.
The purchase of all firearms will be conducted using current federal, state and local laws. River City Firearms is a federally licensed firearms (FFL) dealer doing business as Auction Solutions Inc.
All non-FFL firearms purchasers are required to fill out a form 4473. A valid driver’s license or state-issued photo ID will be required for all firearms purchases. Anyone is eligible to purchase as long as one can pass a background check.
Payment must be made on auction day. All sales are final. Firearms pick up will be conducted for one hour after the final item is sold. Additional pick up will be available by scheduled appointment the following week. Out-of-state shipping can be arranged through Auction Solutions at the buyer’s expense.
The Iowa DNR reserves the right to reject any bids and withdraw any item from the sale at any time. The DNR will not be mailing any sale bills. Inquiries can be made online with the auctioneer.