LPD collects 43 unwanted guns on Gun Amnesty Day

On Saturday, the Lincoln Police Department invited Lincoln residents to return their unwanted guns and ammunition safely and anonymously as a part of LPD's Gun Amnesty Day.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – On Saturday, the Lincoln Police Department invited Lincoln residents to return their unwanted guns and ammunition safely as a part of LPD’s Gun Amnesty Day.

“Lots of variety of stuff gets turned in,” LPD officer Melissa Ripley said. “Anywhere from 30 to 60 guns come in each time we do it so we find there’s a lot of need in the community.”

LPD says people are allowed to return any guns or ammo they may have, legal or illegal, with no questions asked.

“We’ve had everything that you can imagine brought in,” Ripley said. “We’ve had hand grenades brought in, lots of ammunition that people have had laying around for years that they don’t know how to rightfully dispose of, and then every kind of handgun that you can imagine.”

LPD has held a Gun Amnesty Day for the past six years. The concept was motivated by the success other police departments, including the Omaha Police Department, have had with similar amnesty programs.

“It’s a service to the community just to be able to safely dispose of these if you’re not comfortable with them in your house,” Ripley said. “This gives you a way to dispose of them and not end up in the wrong hands.”

Ripley says protecting the identity of those dropping off guns is important in LPD’s effort to collect as many unwanted guns as possible. They want to keep them out of the hands of the wrong people.

“We see thefts of guns every day here,” she said. “Obviously it’s disturbing to us. We don’t want anyone who has guns laying around that they would prefer to get rid of. We don’t want them to become victims of crimes where those guns are used to further perpetrate criminal activity. We’d rather get them off the streets.”

A total of 43 guns were collected on Saturday. In instances where LPD recovers stolen guns, they work to return them to their proper owner. Otherwise, all guns and ammunition are incinerated.