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City gathering up unwanted guns Officers will pick up firearms
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City gathering up unwanted guns
Officers will pick up firearms

Tuesday, September 23, 2008
City gathering up unwanted guns

Officers will pick up firearms

By Matthew Bruun TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF

FITCHBURG— The Police Department will kick off a new firearm disposal program next week in an attempt to reduce the number of guns on the street, Chief Robert A. DeMoura said yesterday.

The program, which begins Oct. 4, resulted from concerns about weapons being stolen from homes during burglaries, the chief said.

“This is something we’re concerned about,” he said yesterday.

Under the program, residents can turn in unwanted firearms, no questions asked.

Chief DeMoura said many weapons stolen from homes belong to people who have died. If a licensed owner dies and his or her weapons are later stolen, he said, survivors may be reluctant to notify police because the survivors were not licensed to own the weapons.

The program is designed to help collect unwanted weapons before they are stolen and end up in the hands of criminals, the chief said.

“They are probably guns that are not wanted, that are not being used daily,” the chief said.

To return a firearm, residents must call the Police Department at (978) 343-3230 to schedule an appointment, leaving their name, address and contact information. An officer will call to arrange a convenient time to retrieve the weapon safely.

“Residents are requested not to handle, move or in any manner come in contact with the firearm,” according to the department. “This step in the process is to ensure a safe and orderly transfer of the firearm.”

Once the weapon is collected, residents will be given a receipt indicating possession has been relinquished.

Staff will be available at the Police Department from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 to arrange firearm collections. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the police.

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