BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. – It’s a first for the Bainbridge Island Police Department. Officers will collect unwanted firearms and ammunition and destroy them for free starting Monday morning.
However, unlike Seattle police's gun buyback earlier this year, people will not received gift cards for turning in a weapon.
In light of recent shootings like the one Sand Hook Elementary, the department wanted to offer a safe place for residents to turn in unwanted weapons. Police acknowledge compared to other cities, there isn't a high crime rate on the island.
On average, officers respond to about 5 calls for gun-related incidents a year. But the event could help keep the crime rate down by keeping unwanted firearms from ending up in the wrong hands.
"If you don't want an old car anymore you have a place to take it where you can have it destroyed," said Bainbridge Police Lieutenant Chris Jensen. "And there are some people who feel that way about firearms in their family. They don't want them to go any place else. They want to know when they get rid of them that they're gone.”
The department is holding the event for 2 days. The gun turn in starts at 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Monday then on Tuesday evening from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m at Bainbridge Island Police Department on 625 Winslow Way East.
Free gun locks will also be available for securing weapons.