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.