NORRISTOWN PA – Police departments in the borough of Pottstown and Lower Salford Township are among eight law enforcement agencies that so far have joined the Montgomery County Detectives Bureau in conducting a “Gun Turn-In Event” to be held on two separate days, Sept. 18 (2019; Wednesday) from 4-8 p.m., and Sept. 21 (Saturday) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at each participating department.
The event was publicly announced Friday (Aug. 16) in a post on the Facebook page of the Lower Salford department. A similar two-day event, with many of the same participants, also was conducted last September. Gun violence earlier this week in Philadelphia, and mass shootings earlier this month in Ohio and Texas, may draw heightened attention to this year’s county effort.
- In related news, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday signed an executive order laying out a plan to reduce gun violence, the PA Post reported. Read its story about Wolf’s order, here.
All unloaded firearms – handguns, rifles, and shotguns – are being accepted, the announcement said. Bullets and magazines or clips are not being accepted, it added. Although not specified in the current posting, the earlier collection did not offer payment for any weapons. All relinquished firearms will be destroyed, it said.
Some public commenters on the Lower Salford post chided the county for failing to provide what they considered adequate compensation for the weapons. One offered to personally take “any guns that people do not want;” “I would gladly take unwanted weapons as well,” a second wrote. A third described the effort as “this socialist collection of firearms in such a gun-friendly state.”
As of Sunday (Aug. 18) the Lower Salford post had been shared 92 times, and drawn 57 comments.
Other participating departments include those in Abington, Jenkintown, Lansdale, Lower Merion, Upper Merion, and Whitpain.
For more information on the event, the announcement noted, call the Detectives Bureau at 610-278-3368, or any participating department.
Poster photo from the Lower Salford Police Department via Facebook