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Fairfax County Organizing Gun Turn-In Days

Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova wants county's gun turn-in service better publicized.

After the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last month, Fairfax County officials are looking into hosting events for residents to hand over unwanted guns for destruction.

Sharon Bulova, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, asked staff during the Board’s meeting Tuesday to publicize more heavily the county’s existing gun turn-in service so residents might be encouraged to get rid of their firearms.

“Many residents have contacted my office to voice concern regarding guns,” Bulova said. “Most residents do not realize that Fairfax County provides a voluntary gun turn-in service.”

Unwanted or unneeded firearms and ammunition can be turned into the Fairfax County Police Department. David Rohrer, deputy county executive for public safety, told supervisors all guns turned over to the police department are then destroyed.

Rohrer said the department had seen residents hand over a variety of weapons over the years, including antique rifles and even a cannonball, as well as handguns.

The number of guns turned in last year was not readily available.

“I do think it’s important to raise awareness,” Rohrer said.

Supervisor Gerry Hyland (D-Mount Vernon) recommended the county host an annual or biannual gun turn-in days, events that could be publicized sponsored by the county in order to increase participation and awareness.

“It encourages people to really do it,” Hyland said. “You might find that more people would participate.”

Bulova instructed the police department’s public information office to work with the county’s office of public affairs on the possibility of organizing such an event.

“If residents do choose to own guns in their homes, safe handling and storage is paramount to prevent accidents,” Bulova said in a statement. “The County should make it as easy as possible for residents to voluntarily turn over unwanted weapons.”

 

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John Doe January 12, 2013 at 05:40 PM
This would be a great program if criminals handed their guns in!
Skip Endale January 12, 2013 at 08:00 PM
John Doe - Chances are you will not win the arms race against the cirminal. You will also not match their determination to kill. Worse even, statistics suggest that with a 90% probabilty you will hurt yourself when your firearm is engaged. John Doe, you are running a strong chance of becoming a statistic. Please turn your weapon in.
John Doe January 12, 2013 at 08:57 PM
I'm not sure where you are getting your stats from but, guns are used to save lives more than 2 million times per year. Also, why do you assume that we are in an arms race criminals?
John Doe January 12, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Oh, I get it. You would prefer that we remain defenseless against the bad guys. Our police force is designed to show up after the crime has been committed. Self defense is a personal responsibility. it always has been and always will be. Remember, "when seconds count, the police are minute away".
Virginia Harlow January 13, 2013 at 01:29 PM
90%?? Propaganda. John Doe is correct on all counts.
Jacquelyn McCord January 13, 2013 at 04:12 PM
I agree with John Doe as well. Not to mention gun owners are requried to go through several education classes on gun safety before they can get a concealed carrying permit; so that they wouldn't become a statistic. I think knowing how to handle & shoot a gun properly gives me more security...I would rather know and not need to know, than need to know and not know how to use a gun. I also wanted to say; another option for residence who want to get rid of their unwanted guns; is to sell them or pawn them. Especially guns like the antique rifle?!? Sounds like a collectors piece; some gun owners (gun respectors) would pay big money for.
Lilguy January 13, 2013 at 04:46 PM
I do not own a gun and don't intend to. Yet, the amount of disinformation about the use of guns for crimes (not at Patch, but more broadly) and the histrionic response to it is amazing, notwithstanding the horrible slaughter of innocent children in Newtown. Let me direct you to his single graphic put together by factcheck.org--hardly a gun crazy organization--for some accurate information: http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/FirearmFacts.png Sneak peak: The greatest danger from people owning guns is apparently to themselves! Now you can all go spin that info any way you want.
Skip Endale January 14, 2013 at 12:31 AM
http://www.survival-spanish.com/lawstats.html "'25% of officers killed are killed with their own weapon." "Every 54 hours somewhere in America a law enforcement dies in service to the community. " "I am very confident in saying , that if a judge was killed every 54 hours, or 62,000 judges were assaulted annually, laws would be enacted overnight to severely penalize the offenders. It is a sad fact that in the majority of states, assaulting a police officer is only a misdemeanor offense, as in Oregon. "
Skip Endale January 14, 2013 at 03:24 AM
John, I am not arguing with you - I am sure you are a responsible gun owner. For that reason I am trying to help you, trying to keep you alive. What I am saying is basically this - purely based on stats - the cards are stacked against you even though you are holding the highest card, the ace of spades.
The BSD Guy January 14, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Considering how stupid Gov. McDonnell is, I wonder if he'll have a state wide "Firearms giveaway" day. You must think of the special interests and how much money they make FIRST. There's a lot of money to be made selling weapons. They can be promoted using conspiracy theories. Here's a few to get the ball rolling: 1. The "blue helmets" (U.N. forces) will be marching into our homes and forcing us into worldwide wealth re-distribution and political correctness. You know, the same diabolically clever UN that, when confronted with genocide, war crimes, and political corruption responds by sending out HARSHLY WORDED MEMOS to the offending nations. YES, there's a real threat. 2. Obama, the secret Muslim, wants to take all the guns away so Muslims can more freely invade the U.S. and force Americans to adopt Sharia Law. 3. The decline of the Soviet Union was a trick to deceive Americans into thinking Communist Russia was dead - and when Obama takes every single gun away from all Americans, he'll then open the door wide and the US will become a satellite of the new Soviet Union. THE ONLY WAY TO PROTECT YOURSELVES FROM THESE IS BUY GUNS NOW! WORRIED ABOUT YOUR KIDS IN SCHOOL? THERE'S A SOLUTION TO THAT TOO! BODY ARMOUR. THE IDEAL WORLD: EVERY AMERICAN HAS SEVERAL FIREARMS AND IS WALKING AROUND IN BODY ARMOR. YOUR KIDS GO TO SCHOOL IN BODY ARMOR. THIS WILL BE GREAT...THE NRA'S CLIENTS WILL MAKE A "KILLING". Gov. McDonnell - LEAD THE WAY!!
mc6 January 14, 2013 at 11:38 PM
Do you get anything in return for the gun? Don't some places offer cash?

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