The second week of “Lighten Up” is coming to an end, and today I’m going to discuss what to do with unwanted weapons, particularly firearms.
Without getting political or controversial, I want to acknowledge that sometimes people have firearms that they no longer wish to own. Maybe you have inherited a gun, or someone who used to live with you left one behind. It’s also possible that you have an old firearm that you no longer trust to safely use, or you’ve had a change in lifestyle (e.g., now have small children in the house), and you have decided to get rid of it.
Depending on where you live, your type of firearm, and your history with the weapon, getting a firearm safely to a drop-off location can be tricky.
Here in CT, the wisest approach is probably to take the unwanted weapon to the police station and turn it in. Only the person licensed to carry the weapon should transport it (i.e., don’t ask your brother or friend to take it in for you). Remove any ammunition from the weapon before transportation. Also, it is a good idea to call ahead to the police station and let them know you are bringing a weapon in for surrender. After all, showing up unannounced at a police station wielding a weapon could give the wrong impression.
Another option is to keep an eye out for local take-back events. Police stations periodically host these occasions, taking the weapons with no questions asked. This can be handy if you have a weapon for which you have no license.
Some local or state-level museums may have the authority to accept donated guns, especially historical pieces. Other types of businesses such as a licensed firearm dealer may also be able to accept your donated gun. So long as the gun fits the licensed dealer’s FFL (Federal Firearms License), there should be little problem. Procedures for handling firearms vary drastically by state, so be sure to consult your local law enforcement agency before proceeding.
For more information on options for donating, selling, and destroying firearms, you might want to check out Fastbound, a firearms compliance software.
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I am not an expert on this topic, but hopefully these tips can get the ball rolling if you’ve been wanting to take move forward in disposing of unwanted firearms.
Do you have any tips that might be helpful on this one?