GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — Greenwich police are joining other municipal law enforcement agencies and collect guns next month.
The Greenwich Time reports that police say they will take in unwanted weapons and firearms, including assault weapons, rifles and shotguns.
Greenwich will not pay for returned items.
Police Chief James Heavey says Greenwich will hand over all guns collected on Feb. 9 to the state to be destroyed. The program will collect handguns and non-operational weapons and ammunition, carrying cases, holsters, BB guns and swords.
Heavey says the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings that killed 20 children and six educators on Dec. 14 and other recent acts of gun violence may have increased awareness of firearms in the homes of gun owners.
Information from: Greenwich Time, http://www.greenwichtime.com
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