Dozens Of Guns, Rounds Of Ammo Collected During Gun Amnesty

By Corinne Rose

April 22, 2013 Updated Apr 22, 2013 at 5:45 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- Monday afternoon's shooting comes on the heels of a successful gun amnesty event held this past weekend.

The gun turn-in program was put on by the Guardians of Police, and resulted in dozens of guns being surrendered.

The group of black officers within the Fort Wayne Police Department decided to try to do something after the recent gun violence in the city.

Anyone could turn in any gun, no questions asked.

Each firearm will be checked to see if it was used in a crime or stolen, but at the very least, the guns can't be used again.

People turned in 200 rounds of ammunition and 26 guns, ranging from shotguns to revolvers to semi-automatic handguns to sawed off shotguns.

"You know, it's illegal to have a sawed off shotgun, so you're kind of thinking, what were they going to do with these or what have they done with these. So at least we got some of those off the street, too," says Det. Tim Russell of the Fort Wayne Police Department.

The guns that were collected will be destroyed.

If you have a gun you'd like to turn in, call the police department and an officer will get it from you. And if you have a relic from WWII or something, like a grenade, please don't take it to the police station. A bomb squad technician will go to your house and make sure it's safe before taking it away.

On the table where people turned in their guns, the Guardians of Police also had a tip sheet for people to fill out related to crimes.

Police now have a stack of papers to go through, to follow up on leads the public gave them.

On a related note, if you need a gun permit, you must apply for one online at www.in.gov/isp. And don't forget that you must pay your local fee at the police department in cash, not with a money order.




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