By: Lauren Fabrizi
The Lincoln Police Department held its second Gun Amnesty Day Sunday in the Lewis Field parking lot.
Officer Melissa Ripley said the gun drop–off provides a place for people to turn in guns and ammunition they no longer want or don't know how to throw out.
"We don't ask any questions, or get any identification, or do any kind of investigation," Ripley said. "So it's a completely safe way to dispose of those items."
Ripley said officers will check to see if the guns have been reported as stolen, and will then be returned to their owner.
She said the Nebraska State Patrol will run ballistics tests on the remaining guns to determine whether they have been used in a crime. She said if that's the case, they will account for the guns, but the guns will not be fingerprinted. They will be destroyed.
"Sometimes the victims find that's comforting," Ripley said. "Provides some kind of closure for them if they know that the weapon was used in a crime against them has been accounted for. It's just another piece of the investigation we can check off the list."
Ripley said this event is fairly new to Lincoln, but similar take–backs have been held in Omaha and other larger cities.
Still, police said they're happy with the 27 guns, about 4,000 rounds of ammunition and 20 pounds of powder that have all been returned Sunday.
Ripley said the main goal of the drop–off is to get the guns off the streets and make Lincoln a safer place.
"Any guns we have in our hand is one less gun that could end up in the wrong hands," Ripley said. "It's just a good service for the citizens and something we feel good about doing."
Including the first event, officers said they've now taken back about 70 firearms. Ripley said they plan on holding another gun drop–off again in the spring.