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111 Guns Surrendered in Montgomery County

A statewide gun turn-in program included three drop-off locations in Montgomery County, police said.

More than 100 guns and 10,000 rounds of ammunition were turned in to three police stations in Montgomery County as part of a statewide gun turn-in program during the weekend.

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler (D) said that he initiated the event in February during the legislative swirl of gun control bills, The Washington Post reported. A restrictive gun control package for the state was passed by the Maryland General Assembly in April. 

“This gives family members the opportunity to remove illegal and unwanted guns from the home that they fear would be used to harm themselves or others,” Gansler told the newspaper.

Three drop-off locations collected the following weapons, according to police:

  • 69 handguns
  • 27 rifles
  • 15 shotguns
  • 1 grenade
  • 11 BB guns
  • 1 sword
  • Approximately 10,000 rounds of ammunition 

Donations to the University of Maryland Medical Center's R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center will be made for each gun that was turned in, police said. 

LeszX May 14, 2013 at 12:28 PM
In the meantime - in the first four months of 2013 (the latest for which statistics are available) there were 67,124 NICS Firearms Background Checks done in Maryland. (See Total NICS Background Checks by State at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/nics.) According to the 2010 census, Montgomery County has 16.8% of Maryland's population. Assuming background checks are evenly distributed by population, that would make it about 2,819 firearms background checks per month in Montgomery County alone. Each background check does not necessarily correlate with a firearms purchase - but there firearms checks are a reasonable indicator of actual purchases. Obviously, the citizens of Maryland (and probably even Montgomery County) are much more interested in buying guns than in turning them in.
LeszX May 14, 2013 at 12:43 PM
In 2012, for the same four months (January through April), there were 42,928 firearms background checks in Maryland. So the 2013 numbers are a 56% increase from last year. Can we infer from this that the effect of the new Gun Control Bill has been to spur Marylanders to buy more guns?
JW June 08, 2013 at 12:25 PM
Well, follow the crime logs and you will see why. If you think for one second the Police are going to "Save you" from a would be thief, murderer or rapist you are sadly mistaken. Educate, Knowledge, training and being prepared should be on everyone's To Do List, to what extent? What ever makes you, as an individual feel safe for your Families well being and security. We live in different times then just a few years ago, there are unstable, desperate individuals willing to take greater risks and you being their potential victim should not be an option. This is OUR community, OUR Cities, OUR towns OUR Friends and Families. We as Citizens OWE our Community to look out for one another and protect one another, it is OUR civic duty.

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