County Collecting, Destroying Unwanted Guns

NORRISTOWN PA – Two western Montgomery County locations, in Lower Salford and Pottstown, are among six identified by the county District Attorney’s office where unwanted guns will be collected from the public on separate dates during September. The collection effort, called “Operation Safe Homes,” is intended to allow home owners to voluntarily remove weapons from their properties.

“The accidental death or injury of a child due to a gunshot is a family tragedy that is avoidable, and it happens eight times every single day in the United States when a child finds a gun in his house and accidentally shoots himself or herself,” District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said. “It’s a tragedy we are hoping to avoid in Montgomery County.”

Whether it’s a couple of guns left to the family by a grandparent, an old hunting rifle that’s seen better days, or a handgun no longer wanted in a suburban home, any firearm will be accepted Sept. 12 (2018; Wednesday) from 4 to 8 p.m., and Sept. 15 (Saturday) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at police departments serving as drop-off locations:

  • Lower Salford Township Police Department, 349 Main Street, Harleysville;
  • Pottstown Borough Police Department, 100 E. High Street, Pottstown;
  • Abington Township Police Department, 1166 Old York Road, Abington;
  • Lower Merion Township Police Department, 71 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore;
  • Upper Merion Township Police Department, 100 West Valley Forge Road, King of
    Prussia; and
  • Whitpain Township Police Department, 960 Wentz Road, Blue Bell.

No payment is being offered for any gun. All guns will be safely destroyed.

Steele noted that:

  • 13 million households in the United States contain both young children and a gun;
  • Eight children are unintentionally killed or injured by a gun at home every single day in the United States, amounting to about 3,000 children in 2016; and
  • 127 of those children died.

“Many people have both guns and children or grandchildren in their homes, and are uncomfortable with that fact. We are making it easy to get rid of unwanted guns and make sure they are destroyed rather than being sold on,” said Steele.

For more information about the event, call the county Detective Bureau at 610-278-3368, or any of the six participating police departments.

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