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Title 17 - CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
Chapter 5 - SEARCHES AND SEIZURES
Article 3 - DISPOSITION OF PROPERTY SEIZED
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O.C.G.A. § 17-5-52.1
Disposal of forfeited or abandoned firearms; innocent owners; auctions; record keeping; liability of government entities
(a) As used in this Code section, the terms "firearm" and "innocent owner" shall have the same meaning as set forth in Code Section 17-5-51.
(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary and subject to the duty to return firearms to innocent owners pursuant to subsection (c) of Code Section 17-5-51 and this Code section, all firearms that are forfeited or abandoned to any law enforcement agency of this state or a political subdivision of this state, including the Department of Natural Resources, or that are otherwise acquired by the state or a political subdivision and are no longer needed, shall be disposed of as provided in this Code section.
(c) Prior to the disposal of any firearm that has been forfeited or abandoned to the state or a political subdivision of the state, the political subdivision or state custodial agency with possession of the firearm shall use its best efforts to determine if the firearm has been lost by, stolen from, or otherwise illegally obtained from an innocent owner and, if so, shall return the firearm to its innocent owner in accordance with Code Section 17-5-51.
(d) If an innocent owner of a firearm cannot be located or after proper notification he or she fails to pay for the return of his or her firearm, if the political subdivision is:
(1) A municipal corporation, it shall dispose of its firearms as provided for in Code Section 36-37-6; provided, however, that municipal corporations shall not have the right to reject any and all bids or to cancel any proposed sale of such firearms, and all sales shall be to persons who are licensed as firearms collectors, dealers, importers, or manufacturers under the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Section 921, et seq., and Chapter 16 of Title 43 and who are authorized to receive such firearms under the terms of such license. Any political subdivision which disposes of firearms shall use proceeds from the sale of a firearm as are necessary to cover the costs of administering this Code section, with any surplus to be transferred to the general fund of the political subdivision; or
(2) Not a municipal corporation, the state custodial agency or the political subdivision shall dispose of its firearms by sale at public auction to persons who are licensed as firearms collectors, dealers, importers, or manufacturers under the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Section 921, et seq., and Chapter 16 of Title 43 and who are authorized to receive such firearms under the terms of such license. A state custodial agency shall retain only such proceeds as are necessary to cover the costs of administering this Code section, with any surplus to be transferred to the general fund of the state, provided that a state custodial agency may be reimbursed for any firearms formerly in use by the state custodial agency that are sold under this Code section.
(e) Auctions required by paragraph (2) of subsection (d) of this Code section may occur online on a rolling basis or at live events, but in no event shall such auctions occur less frequently than once every six months during any time in which the political subdivision or state custodial agency has an inventory of saleable firearms.
(f) The requirements of subsection (d) of this Code section shall not apply to a firearm if no bids from eligible recipients are received within six months from when bidding opened on such firearm or the sheriff, chief of police, agency director, or designee of such official certifies the firearm is unsafe for use because of wear, damage, age, or modification or because any federal or state law prohibits the sale or distribution of such firearm. Any such firearm shall, at the discretion of the sheriff, chief of police, agency director, or designee of such official, be transferred to the Division of Forensic Sciences of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, a municipal or county law enforcement forensic laboratory for training or experimental purposes, or be destroyed.
(g) All agencies subject to the provisions of this Code section shall keep records of the firearms acquired and disposed of as provided by this Code section as well as records of the proceeds of the sales thereof and the disbursement of such proceeds in accordance with records retention schedules adopted in accordance with Article 5 of Chapter 18 of Title 50, the "Georgia Records Act."
(h) Neither the state nor any political subdivision of the state nor any of its officers, agents, or employees shall be liable to any person, including the purchaser of a firearm, for personal injuries or damage to property arising from the sale of a firearm under this Code section unless the state or political subdivision acted with gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct.
HISTORY: Code 1981, § 17-5-52.1, enacted by Ga. L. 2012, p. 1285, § 4/SB 350.