ATLANTA -- The Boston bombings has put the country on edge. There have been increased reports of suspicious packages and people are much more vigilant. That's why a website that was selling off government owned guns and ammo caught our attention.
When we saw an online ad for 'ammo and tactical' being sold in Atlanta, our radar went up. It was on a website that auctions off government surplus. While this didn't turn out to be anything dangerous we did find weapons for sale and wanted to know more about who could buy them.
We visited the Southwest Atlanta location that was completely locked down and no one would come to the door. However, we learned the reason behind that; they were with a company called govdeals.com, which had been contracted to sell uncollected mail for the U.S. Postal Service (tight security was part of the contract). It turned out that no explosives were being sold - just material to make ammunition, such as shell casing and pellets.
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However, weapons and ammo are sold on govdeals.com, by government agencies from across the country, mostly from sheriff's and police departments.
"The controls are, a purchaser has to have a Federal Firearms License, a person has to show up himself with a picture ID," said company president Bob DeBardelaben, "No shipping is allowed. They must show up in person."
It's a way for governments to get rid of surplus and make a buck and we discovered many government agencies in the Atlanta area using it, including Atlanta Public Schools, the City of Alpharetta and the State of Georgia. None were selling weapons at this time but selling guns is not illegal as long as it's done properly.
So who's bidding on the items?
"They would be legal entities out there who have a federal firearms license. Who are legally authorized to sell ammunition and firearms," DeBardelaben said.