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‘Goods for Guns’ Location Changed

Residents will be able to exchange firearms for $100 gift certificates.

The location of Saturday’s "Goods for Guns" program has been changed.

Residents will now be able to exchange unwanted firearms for $100 Klein's ShopRite gift certificates; no questions asked, at St. Paul Baptist Church, 3101 The Alameda.

Initially the exchange was supposed to take place at the Coldstream Homestead Montebello Association’s offices on City College campus.  

City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced the program at City Hall on Wednesday.  

PcTech December 15, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Here is some questions about this: Since some of the guns that may be turned in may have been stolen, are you checking their registrations so that the innocent owners can have their property returned to them or if they desire have their registrations cancelled? If you are intending to destroy these guns, are you making sure that the registrations are expunged so that the police who may have a fired case from one of these guns which matches Maryland's Case registration won't come looking for an innocent person if this stolen shows up as being used in a crime. What steps will you take to ensure the legal safety of those who may own these guns and have them registered? Due to Maryland's cartridge case registration system guns that you receive may well be registered as having been used in crimes. So they should NOT be destroyed if they are potentially trial evidence. And some of these, possibly being stolen, or lost, should be returned to their owners. Are you going to return them to their registered owners, or destroy their legally registered property?
Jake S December 19, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Yes, the police treat the weapons as "recovered firearms": they check the serial numbers against the database of stolen guns, and they run ballistics checks to see if the gun matches bullets/cartridges recovered at crime scenes. This is a good program. It gives people who don't WANT their guns a safe way of making sure the gun will never, ever be used to hurt someone; it is far more morally responsible than merely selling your unwanted weapon to a dealer who'll turn around and sell your weapon to someone you don't know (and probably wouldn't trust if you DID know them).

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