By: Megan Palera
For the first time in history, the Lincoln Police Department is holding a "Gun Amnesty Day." Legal or illegal - it doesn't matter. LPD wants your unwanted firearms.
The tragic shooting that killed 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. has changed the attitude for many Americans towards guns. Now thousands of firearms and ammunition are being voluntarily surrendered across the country.
LPD hopes it can make a difference with gun amnesty.
"We've seen it be successful in other cities that have them throughout the year so we thought we'd give it a shot here," Officer Melissa Ripley said.
Drive up, drop off, drive away. It's that simple and most importantly, officers stress it's entirely anonymous.
"No questions asked. No identification required," Ripley said.
The event will be held Saturday, March 23rd in the parking lot of NeighborWorks at 23rd and Q. Police ask that you transport any unwanted firearms or ammunition in the trunk or back seat of your vehicle, and in a open box or bag. An officer will come collect from your vehicle. If possible, police ask that you unload the firearm. There will be no compensation for any firearm or ammunition dropped off.
Police don't expect gun violence to drop after the event. But the department says that's not their goal.
"Any wanted gun that we have is one less on the street that could potentially be used in a crime. So I guess that's how we're kind of looking at it as more of a public service than a way to reduce the gun violence," Ripley said.