A southern Nevada gun dealer wants to auction a handgun once owned by a rogue former LAPD officer who killed four people and fatally shot himself during a manhunt in February.
George Bramlett, owner of Bargain Pawn, said he plans to donate the money to the families of two California police officers Dorner killed. But administrators handling the funds for San Bernardino County Sheriff Deputy Jeremiah MacKay and Riverside police Officer Michael Crain say the families don’t want the money.
Bramlett posted the gun for auction Tuesday on a website, gunbroker.com, along with images of the sales receipt listing Dorner’s date of birth, California driver’s license number and La Palma, Calif., address. Bramlett bought the .38 special revolver from Dorner in January for $50.
By Friday, the bidding was approaching $500 for a gun that Bramlett said might otherwise be worth $300. Bramlett said he thought it might fetch thousands before bidding ends April 23.
“We’re trying to do the right thing,” Bramlett said. “Every cent that we get will go to the two police families. They both had kids.”
The administrators of the funds benefiting the two slain officers said Friday they don’t want money tainted by any association with Dorner, who went on a killing rampage to avenge people he said ended his law enforcement career.