Farmer turns rifles over to Agriculture Department

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Seven rifles meant to be given to visiting
agriculture officials in 2008 are among property former Agriculture
Commissioner Richie Farmer has returned to his former agency.

Attorney Guthrie True of Frankfort, who advises Farmer on
matters related to a special audit of his tenure as commissioner,
told The Courier-Journal on Wednesday that he advised Farmer to
take the guns to the department ( ). Farmer
took them when he returned missing state computer equipment.

True says the weapons were purchased with private donations
raised to pay Kentucky's costs for the convention of the Southern
Association of State Departments of Agriculture, which Farmer's
agency hosted in Lexington, and are not state property. True says
the rifles were left over after the convention ended.

Farmer didn't respond to messages seeking comment, and True said he believes returning the guns ends the issue.
Information from: The Courier-Journal,

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