Redding Police Will Accept Your Unwanted Guns

Some residents have turned over their legal weapons over the past few days.

In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Redding Police Chief Douglas Fuchs said some residents have been turning in legal firearms to the station.

“Some people have been turning in firearms to us which are in their house,” Fuchs said Wednesday. “We will accept any and all firearms that people turn in to us because they want to get rid of them.”

Fuchs said on a regional level there’s been talk of putting together a gun buy-back program or a gun turn-in program.

“People are turning in to us legal weapons,” Fuchs said. “We are not turning anyone away when they do that.”

Fuchs said weapons turned over to the department would likely be destroyed.

If, however, a firearm turned in had to be one the department currently uses—a .40 Caliber Glock, an AR15 rifle or a shotgun—then those weapons would be inspected and tested to see if the department could add them to their arsenal.

Fuchs said since the Newtown shooting, three people have come in with a “number of guns each.” He said the only other time people will turn over such weapons is when they inherit them or find them and don't want them.

Though some people have decided to turn their guns in, Fuchs said it’s certainly not a trend.

“Gun sales to our residents have certainly spiked,” he said. “The number of purchases has gone up dramatically” in the past few weeks.

Bill January 03, 2013 at 10:18 PM
The purpose behind the 2nd ammendment was intended for citizens to arm themselves against a tyranical government. Period. So people giving up their guns in light of that intention doesn't seem to be a very well thought out act. There are many unanswered questions regarding Sandy Hook. For instance: Who were the two men being chased into the woods behind the school? They were arrested according to eye witnesses and placed in a police car - in the front seat. Also, the black car being searched belonged to a 7 time charged felon drug dealer in Norwalk. Google it. The chase into the woods is on videotape as well as the licence plate number on the black car. It didn't belong to Adam Lanza.
Jaye Kaycee January 04, 2013 at 12:57 AM
Bill - first of all, that was NOT even remotely the intention of the second amendment. but even if it were, do you think your average Joe gun owner has a ghost of a chance "against a tyranical [SIC - learn to spell, Bill] government?" I don't think so. Nice fantasy, but really, that is a ridiculous premise for being armed to the teeth. And give up your infantile conspiracy theory - they were picking up virtually ANYBODY in the area that day - it's just appropriate police work. Time to crawl back into your cave and stay there.
Bill January 23, 2013 at 05:45 PM
First of all, you better re-read the 2nd amendment. 'A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.' Funny, it doesn't mention anything about hunting. And be mindful of the words of Thomas Jefferson. "When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty." And you may want to do some research regarding Operation Northwoods, as well as the Gulf of Tonkin incident, among many other false flag operations. And the questions I've put forward regarding Sandy Hook are fairly basic, nothing beyond what a minimally engaged reporter would want to ask. Finally, when people don't have valid arguments or points, they inevitably resort to personal insults, as you have done.


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