Lincoln police to accept unwanted guns

2013-03-04T18:00:00Z 2013-03-04T19:43:04Z Lincoln police to accept unwanted gunsBy the Lincoln Journal Star

Gun owners can get rid of their guns later this month -- anonymously and with no questions asked.

The Lincoln Police Department will take guns and ammo during its first Gun Amnesty Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 23, Lincoln Police Officer Melissa Ripley said. The drop-off will be in the NeighborWorks Lincoln parking lot on the northwest corner of 23rd and Q streets.

“Any unwanted gun we have is one less that could be used in a crime,” Ripley said.

Police advise gun owners to bring their firearms in the trunk or backseat of their vehicle in an open box, bag or container.

When they get to the drop site, they should tell one of the workers where the gun is and let them get it, Ripley said. She recommends owners unload guns, open their slides, bolts and actions. But if someone doesn’t know how to unload a gun, don’t risk getting hurt to do so.

Police will not give money or other compensation for guns or ammunition, Ripley said.

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