Cumberland Times-News

May 8, 2013

State holding inaugural firearms turn-in day Saturday

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — Attorney General Douglas Gansler is partnering with Maryland State Police and local law enforcement for the inaugural statewide Gun Turn-In Day, which will provide residents an opportunity to voluntarily and safely dispose of their unwanted firearms.

State and local enforcement agencies will be on hand at multiple locations Saturday to accept handguns, rifles, shotguns and air guns for safe disposal. No personal identification is required and no advance appointment is necessary.

In Allegany County, gun turn-in hours are scheduled at the Cumberland Police Department at 20 Bedford St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Anyone wishing to turn in unwanted firearms should first contact the on-duty officer by entering the Cumberland Police station lobby. The weapons must be unloaded and left inside the vehicle until the officer accompanies the donor to the vehicle to take possession of the weapon. It is preferred that weapons be holstered or boxed, if possible.

In Garrett County, gun turn-in hours at the Maryland State Police barrack in McHenry are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Firearms should be unloaded. Upon arrival at the barrack, go inside and contact the duty officer first without the firearm.

The barrack is located at 67 Friendsville Road. The barrack phone number is 301-387-1101.

“Any Marylander who has a gun that is no longer wanted will be able get rid of it safely, no questions asked,” said Gansler. “Our goal is to provide a simple means for families to make their homes and communities safer.”

Gun turn-in locations can be found in 20 of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions. Firearms can be turned in at any of the locations.

Any type of firearm will be accepted and it need not be in working order. Individuals turning in guns should transport and handle them safely, making sure they are unloaded, and follow any instructions given by the law enforcement officer upon arrival at the gun turn-in location.

Once surrendered, the firearm may be processed through law enforcement databases to determine if it has been reported as being stolen or flagged as being used in the commission of a crime.