Friday, June 4, 2010

Gun amnesty advice

If you're going to have a gun amnesty it probably isn't a good idea to tell people it's okay to transport firearms without securing them and making sure they are unloaded:
Omaha police on Tuesday announced details of a firearms "amnesty day," when people can turn in guns with no questions asked and no legal repercussions.

The event will take place Saturday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 5318 S. 30th St.

Police said a second gun amnesty day is planned for July 10 at a north Omaha location yet to be determined.

The amnesty day is intended to replace gun buy-back events held in previous years at which the Police Department paid people for turning in firearms.

Police hope the amnesty day will encourage those looking to get rid of firearms to turn them in, allowing them to be disposed of safely.

It is not necessary that the guns be unloaded, officials said. People bringing in a gun they are unable to unload or are uncertain about are asked to tell the staff before removing the weapon from the vehicle. [emphasis mine]

No questions asked on gun amnesty day
If one is too afraid or not knowledgeable enough about firearms, why not just report the guns to the police so the could come by the house and pick them up? Why risk an accidental discharge in a public setting caused by handling a weapon they are unfamiliar with?

The Omaha police department must be out of money (as well as out of ideas) since they are too cheap to fork over at least a $20 Target gift card.

June 12th is the same day of the Iowa DNR auction in Des Moines. It's ironic that guns will be turned in to the police at the same time confiscated firearms will be auctioned off to the public.

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