Bad Idea? City Unveils Gun ‘Drop Box’ To Get Firearms Off The Street

Guns America – by Brent Rogers

Tacoma, Washington is working on a new program to provide a local drop box for residents to dump their unwanted firearms.

The goal is providing anonymity to anyone who wants to discard a firearm, and while Tacoma residents can already turn in guns to local law enforcement, this method alleviates the need for human interaction.  

A drop box for guns.  Bad idea? (Photo: Controversial Times)“It takes out the up-front interaction with law enforcement,” said Melissa Cordeiro, gang reduction project coordinator for Tacoma. “They would just have to drop the gun off and later law enforcement would swing by and pick it up out of the drop box.”

It’s kind of like the olden days of dropping off a movie at Blockbuster. But having so many firearms in a single, non-guarded place leaves many concerned about safety.

“It’s definitely something that is controlled access and one way,” said Cordeiro. “You can put something in, but you can’t take something out.”

If the initiative is successful, Tacoma will be setting a precedence, but first they have to figure out exactly how it would work.

“We want to make sure that it is in a safe enough location but also that police are involved,” said Cordeiro. “We don’t want to make this a target location for rival gang members or for somebody trying to steal a weapon off the street.”

(This article was a submission from freelance writer Brent Rogers)

http://www.gunsamerica.com/blog/bad-idea-city-unveils-gun-drop-box-to-get-firearms-off-the-street/

3 thoughts on “Bad Idea? City Unveils Gun ‘Drop Box’ To Get Firearms Off The Street

  1. And as soon as that box is full, someone will rip it out of the ground and drive away with it.

    And since that someone will most likely be a member of your local drug gang, the streets will be a lot safer if you tuck your unwanted gun in the back of a closet. (you may need it someday)

  2. I don’t know, maybe a guy should have a few for himself. Maybe a couple for ammo too. Put the goodies by for later. 5/10 program don’t you know…….

  3. “And as soon as that box is full, someone will rip it out of the ground and drive away with it.”

    My thoughts exactly. Out of the people’s hands and into the gangs. How does this make us safer? Is this their version of “gun control”. Talk about F**ked up. First you make it harder for innocent people to get guns by acquiring massive background checks, fines and confiscations and then you make it easier for gangs and other people to acquire guns by just having people drop them off in a box on the street with ZERO checks or oversight whatsoever and all gift-wrapped for criminals and gangs to confiscate, yet no one sees the insanity in all of this. The logic of it all is beyond absurd.

    Unfrigginbelievable……..

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