(1) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (4) of this section, any personal property which has come into the possession or custody of the sheriff of any county in this state or the city police department of any city in this state by reason of the same having been abandoned, impounded or otherwise left with the sheriff or city police department, or if originally taken into custody under legal process, such property has been lawfully released or discharged from the attachment or other process under which it was taken into custody and which remains unclaimed or unredeemed by the owner or one entitled to possession thereof for more than six (6) months from the date of such abandonment, impoundment, leaving, or release from attachment or other process under which the same was originally taken into custody, as the case may be, shall be subject to sale by the sheriff or city police department at public auction for cash on not less than five (5) or more than ten (10) days’ notice except as otherwise provided in subsection (2) of this section, the conduct and notice of which sale shall be given and had in conformity with sales on execution; provided, however, that prior to public auction, bicycles need only be unclaimed or unredeemed by the owner or one entitled to possession for more than ninety (90) days and that personal property with a fair market value of less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) need only be unclaimed or unredeemed by the owner or one entitled to possession for more than thirty (30) days.
(2)  Whenever the sheriff or city police department has knowledge of the name and address of the owner or one entitled to possession of personal property, a copy of such notice of sale at public auction as provided in subsection (1) or of a bid for sale as provided in subsection (4) of this section, shall be mailed to such owner or one entitled to possession, with postage prepaid, at least fourteen (14) days prior to such sale.

Terms Used In Idaho Code 55-403

  • Attachment: A procedure by which a person's property is seized to pay judgments levied by the court.
  • Fair market value: The price at which an asset would change hands in a transaction between a willing, informed buyer and a willing, informed seller.
  • person: includes a corporation as well as a natural person;
Idaho Code 73-114
  • Personal property: includes money, goods, chattels, things in action, evidences of debt and general intangibles as defined in the uniform commercial code — secured transactions. See Idaho Code 73-114
  • Property: includes both real and personal property. See Idaho Code 73-114
  • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories; and the words "United States" may include the District of Columbia and territories. See Idaho Code 73-114
  • (3)  As many items of personal property may be noticed for sale and sold at the same sale as the sheriff or city police department may deem advisable, and said property may be sold singly or in lots or as a whole as the sheriff or city police department may determine. The sheriff or city police department shall give a bill of sale to the highest bidder upon payment of the amount bid upon payment of the bid price.
    (4)  (a) Any firearm or ammunition that meets the established specifications for official law enforcement duty use and will be used for official law enforcement duty use and which has come into the possession or custody of the sheriff of any county in this state or the city police department of any city in this state by reason of the firearm or ammunition having been abandoned, impounded or otherwise acquired by the sheriff or city police department, or if originally released or discharged from the attachment or other process under which it was taken into custody and which remains unclaimed or unredeemed by the owner or person entitled to possession thereof for more than six (6) months from the date of such abandonment, impoundment, leaving or release from attachment or other process under which the firearm or ammunition was originally taken into custody, as the case may be, may be converted by the county sheriff or city police department in the county or city in which it was first acquired. A serial number record shall be maintained for all firearms thus converted, and such record shall include the description, acquisition and disposition for each firearm converted.
    (b)  Any firearm or ammunition not converted for official law enforcement duty use as provided in subsection (4)(a) of this section, where such firearm or ammunition may be lawfully possessed by a licensed firearm dealer, shall be subject to sale to a licensed firearm dealer by sealed or opened bids after notification as provided in subsection (2) of this section. If no sale is completed for the firearm or ammunition pursuant to this paragraph (b), the firearm or ammunition may be converted to public agency ownership for official law enforcement purposes provided an actual or appraised value is determined for each firearm or any ammunition converted. If the firearm or ammunition is not converted, or if following conversion the firearm or ammunition is deemed unusable or unsafe, the firearm or ammunition may be scrapped by melting or other method of destruction. The public agency shall maintain procedures and records as to the acquisition, serial number, location, use and final disposition of the firearm.
    (c)  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a court shall direct the county sheriff or city police department to dispose of any firearm that has been used in the commission of a homicide in a manner the sheriff or city police department deems appropriate, provided however, this paragraph (c) shall not apply to a firearm confiscated or otherwise acquired pursuant to an action under section 18-4009, 18-4011 or 18-4012, Idaho Code.
    (5)  Any public agency that confiscates a firearm shall maintain a serial number record, including a record of the acquisition and disposition, of such firearm and shall provide the firearm to the sheriff or city police department in the county or city in which the confiscation takes place. The firearm shall thereafter be handled in accordance with the provisions of this section.