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First day of gun turn-in draws more than unwanted firearms

Area firearm enthusiasts wait outside the Bainbridge Island police station on Winslow Way offering cash for guns that would otherwise be turned in to the department.  - Richard D. Oxley / Bainbridge Island Review
Area firearm enthusiasts wait outside the Bainbridge Island police station on Winslow Way offering cash for guns that would otherwise be turned in to the department.
— image credit: Richard D. Oxley / Bainbridge Island Review

The Bainbridge Island Police Department held its first day of an unwanted firearm drop-off program and the event drew more than just those looking to unload their guns and ammo.

Area firearm enthusiasts lined the sidewalks outside the police station on Winslow Way with signs offering to buy guns.

"It's not so much that I'm trying to capitalize on an opportunity, I just hate to see them destroyed when there are so many people who can't afford to protect themselves properly in this day-in-age," said Dan Huckeby.

Huckeby said he didn't have his mind set on a specific firearm and was interested in taking a look at whatever came through. The initial day of the event, however, didn't provide too many prospects for gun buyers.

"My wife is interested in having a firearm and I said I'll see what I can come up with," he said. "And I'm coming home empty-handed."

Others were there to buy the unwanted guns for other reasons.

"I'm just here because I'd rather see weapons stay with people, rather than turned in to be melted," said Joe, who declined to provide his last name.

"I'm here to exercise the Second Amendment," he added. "Even if I don't get anything, honestly, I'd just rather see people keep them."

The day yielded less than 12 pieces of firearms and ammo, according to evidence technician Jennifer Cooper.

There is one more day for the firearm drop-off. The department will be collecting guns, ammo and other firearm related items on from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12.  The guns taken in by the police department will be melted down.

Free gun locks are also available.

 

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