Firearms Donation Program Aids Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Advisory Council

Staff Reports • 1 min read

MINDEN, Nev. — The Douglas County Sheriff’s Advisory Council is a service organization founded in 2004 to raise funds for extraordinary expenses facing the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

As one of their fund raisers, they have an ongoing firearms donation program.

“We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization” said Council member Carl Malkmus, “and use a licensed gun dealer who sells the donated firearm, after a required security check on the firearm, with the funds forwarded to the Advisory Council”

Malkmus said an interested donor meets with him first to examine the donation.  The donor is given a receipt and the firearm is turned over to the gun dealer.  When it is sold, the funds are donated back to the Advisory Council with a copy provided to the donor for their tax records.

The funds raised go towards the education and training needs of Sheriff’s personnel, as well as technological resources and equipment required by the Sheriff’s Office.

Since its inception in 2004, the council has raised more than $900,000 in private funding for the Sheriff’s Office. It has provided specialized equipment such as a child identification/fingerprinting system, infrared tracking equipment, officer bulletproof vests, a crisis negotiation team vehicle and equipment, patrol bicycles, a range training robot, and mobile computer terminals for 20 vehicles assigned to the patrol division.

If anyone has a firearm they would be interested in donating, they can contact Carl Malkmus through the Sheriff’s Administration Office at 775-782-9901.


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