By: Cole Miller
Unwanted firearms find safe hands here in Lincoln. It's the first event of its kind in the capital city.
The Lincoln Police Department held their first ever gun amnesty day Saturday. Its a way for people to turn in their unwanted or unused firearms---no questions asked.
"We're getting a lot of guns off the street today," Officer Melissa Ripley said.
"It gives people a safe place to turn in their guns where they know they're not going to end up in the wrong hands."
It's the first time an event like this has taken place in Lincoln. Ripley says the whole process is actually pretty simple.
"You drive up, you drop it off and you're out of here. We're not asking any questions, not requiring any identification to be presented, basically we'll take anything you got."
When they say they'll take anything, they mean it. Along with firearms, people could also drop off any unwanted or unused ammunition.
When it comes to the guns, the team logs the serial numbers and if any property is stolen, it gets returned to the owner. Ripley says anything left over goes to the Nebraska State Patrol's crime lab for ballistic testing. Finally, they're destroyed.
But keep in mind, at no time is your name ever associated with anything you drop off.
"That's the biggest part of this project, is to keep it anonymous so the public knows they can trust us," Ripley said.
The event brought in 40 firearms and more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition. Ripley says they're hoping to hold another gun amnesty day this coming fall.