Firearms turn in on Saturday

If you have unwanted weapons lying around the house the Greenwich Police Department’s Firearms Turn In program is the place to properly dispose of them on Saturday, June 22.

Police will be collecting all unwanted firearms for destruction from 10 to 2 at police headquarters, giving residents the opportunity to rid their homes of weapons in the safest way possible. Additionally, any resident who wants to turn in a firearm but is unsure of how to safely handle it and transport it to the police station has the option of having an officer come to the home to remove it properly.

The police department’s first Firearms Turn In program took place in early March and was a success. According to Det. Anthony Fiscella and Officer Keith Hirsch, the first turn in program resulted in GPD’s collection of 15 long guns, three pistols, three BB rifles, two BB pistols and five knives. More unusually, a sword and an African spear were also turned in after becoming unwanted souvenirs from a long ago vacation by a town couple.

The following will be accepted at Saturday’s Firearms Turn In: all rifles and shotguns, all handguns, all assault weapons, non-operational weapons, ammunition, carrying cases and holsters, BB and pellet guns and any other dangerous weapons such as swords or knives.

All guns brought to the police station must be unloaded. The firearms should be transported unloaded in the trunk of a vehicle, or if not in a vehicle, carried unloaded in a box or bag. Ammunition should be in a container separate from any firearm.

As with the first turn in program, there will be no compensation for the weapons brought in but several gift cards will be available.

For more information, contact Det.Fiscella at 203-622-8021.

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